Alternate Keyboard(s) on 2008.8

Zack Mollusc zmollusc at
Sat Aug 9 02:21:34 CEST 2008

Dirk Bergstrom wrote:
> Is is possible to install a different keyboard on 2008.8?  If not, I'd 
> like to see that as a feature Real Soon Now.
> I find the stock keyboard to be almost totally unusable due to the 
> predictive text feature.  Even if the predictive stuff was removed, it 
> would still be less usable for me than the matchbox qwerty keyboard, 
> which had important keys like ctrl, dash, period and return all on the 
> same page.
> I will be using the phone with a stylus for most interaction, so I don't 
> need a finger-friendly keyboard.  It might be nice to occasionally have 
> one, but it's a *very* low priority for me.
> I will primarily type in the terminal, the "notes" app, and the browser: 
> unix commands, URLs, and notes like book titles, author names, part 
> numbers and the like.  In other words, almost nothing I type will 
> benefit from predictive input (in fact it would be a distinct annoyance).
> --
> Dirk
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I think the stock keyboard (once got my head round it, I rather liked
its novel approach) would be good for sms, but I would love to see the
matchbox keyboard added as part of the stock keyboard options, ie swipe
through upper case, numerals, special chars and then get the matchbox
keyboard (or similar) for when it is needed. 

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