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    Android Colemak Keyboard

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    I just switched to Colemak last week and now that I am familiar with it, I would like to change my android keyboard to Colemak. I tried using the Colemak Keyboard by Softcrust Solution, but it has ads everywhere. What is everyone else using?

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    Colemakoid MessagEase. Check my BigBag. On a touch screen it's better to combine tapping with swiping to tap into the vast potential that gives, so to speak.

    If you insist on keeping those small tap keys, I'm not sure Colemak is all that good for this. Colemak is built partially on the principle that hand rolls are good and those don't work well on a tap screen layout.

    Last edited by DreymaR (06-Sep-2019 08:32:29)

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    Thanks. I finally got to where I can get at least 20k on all of the games using 1 finger. Do you use 2 thumbs to type or just 1 finger?

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    I use two thumbs for the most part, like the previous record holder Cheng Wei did in his videos. But I know that some other people got quite fast with one finger so I think it's up to you. If you do use two fingers, make sure you set multitouch to two or more or you'll get misfires.

    Also note that the pad size can matter a lot for your typing comfort and accuracy/speed. Experiment to find what works best for you. I used a too small pad for a long time to save screen space, but my speed jumped up when I finally made it bigger again.

    Last edited by DreymaR (09-Sep-2019 10:27:14)

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    Ok well, I just got a new Galaxy S10+ so mine seems too big even though I have it set to 20 which is the smallest I can go before it no longer goes all the way across the screen.

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    Interesting. I have a Note 3 which has a large screen too, and 20 seems perfect to me now. That's for two-thumb typing. The pad doesn't span the screen but has gutters on each side, that's how I like it best actually. Less finger movement.

    I'm not entirely happy with using MessagEase on the larger Galaxy Pad screen, but I'm not sure what'd make me happy on that. I typically type while holding the pad and that's obviously not easy. I use a 3×3 pad in each corner, but often end up typing with only one thumb and obviously more slowly than on the phone. I guess it's largely a matter of training since I haven't typed that much on the Pad.

    Note that since size 20 fills your screen but not mine, I guess the settings don't compare directly.

    On a side note, since there are gutters representing unused screen "real estate" the way I use MessagEase, I once suggested making an alternative layout with one more column that you could switch to if you wanted to. But it would be too hard to implement and a bit confusing to the newcomer I guess.

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