November 22, 2014

Early Look: Probability-Based Keyboard "qwerted"

Check out this new take on the traditional Android soft keyboard. Rather than just changing the color or general shape of the buttons, qwerted changes the actual size of them based on the probability that they’ll be hit next.  For instance, if you type a ‘c’, the letter ‘h’ will be larger than say, a ‘z’.  All Android users will be happy to know that it was designed for 1.5 or higher.

qwerted was created and developed by Moritz Haarmann who expects to have the app available later this month.  No word on pricing just yet.

qwerted for android – basic example from Moritz Haarmann on Vimeo.

Features found in qwerted:

  • Punch-through recommendations – Depending on the individual probability, an accented or uppercase key is shown by default instead of the normal, downcase, key.
  • Self-learning -  remembers the words you type, and knows them the next time you want to type them. So it’s always up-to-date with your vocabulary.
  • Customizable  – Set up the size of the keys depending on your preference. Later versions will also allow skins and custom keyboard layouts ( e.g. dvorak ) to be used.
  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Raphaels Raphaels

    Interesting concept… it doesn't say anything about other languages, only English?

    • Marc Seeger

      Nope, it supports different languages :)

      The words are extracted from aspell afair, so you can basically do it for any language that an aspell dictionary exists for :)

  • http://www.qwerted.com moritz

    Basically, all languages can be supported. At the moment, english is complete, and german is in work. The dictionaries used can also be exchanged on the fly, so it's not restricted to english!

  • Derek

    This is a good concept. This is how the iphone keyboard works, although it doesnt make the buttons look larger, they all stay the same size on screen, but the touch area for the predicted letters gets larger. I can fly typing on my iphone's portrait keyboard.

    • TareX

      That was exactly what I was gonna suggest!!! If the iPhone keyboard does that then WOW. Bravo, Apple…. Quality work all through.

  • http://twitter.com/Aissenoid @Aissenoid

    @moritz: Please add multi-touch support if the device has the API available (e.g it's running android > 2.0, but not only). It would be a killer feature!

    • Marc Seeger

      how would a keyboard actually benefit from multitouch?

      • Angel

        because you don't have to totally lift your finger to hit the next key. It will still register the next letter even if you still have you other finger/thumb slightly on the last key.

    • http://www.qwerted.com moritz

      I'm at the moment still busy implementing the rest of the core ( i.e. multiple dictionaries ), but after that, multi-touch is definitely on the agenda!

  • http://androidnutz.blogspot.com Jeremy Bumgarner

    when will it be available?

  • mcw

    Moritz, do u have an email notification for when the app is available on the market?

    I rarely go to the market to check for new apps as I have all that are important to me.

    • http://www.qwerted.com moritz

      i guess i should setup one, but no, i don't have one at the moment. just check back every now and then at qwerted.com .. won't take long, promise!

  • http://www.scotts2cents.com Scott

    Very cool – can't wait for it to be available, I trust AndroidGuys will cover it. Will it have the auto completed words suggested above like the current Android Keyboard? Would like to see that!

  • http://www.thedailyharangue.com Benjamin Rubenstein

    Awesome work, but why make the buttons actually change size if they don't have to? Why not just change the sensitivity radius of each button? Did you want something that really stood out aesthetically?

    • Josh

      Would be pretty cool to have an option so people can decide whether or not they want the size to actually change. You can't possibly lose from giving people the choice! I think.

    • Dan

      I totally agree. The size changing might be a bit offputting – trying to type on a constantly changing keyboard. Having the option of just modifying the sensitivity would be great.

      Awesome work though. I look forward to trying it.

    • gheymann

      Personally I love the idea of getting a visual que from the keyboard by having the keys physically change size depending on their probability, "Brilliant". I'll be watching for this products release along with "Thickbuttons" http://www.thickbuttons.com/ to see which implementation is better!

  • webby

    Always nice to see new innovations, so best of luck to the developer. For myself thought, I'm really rocking faster and faster on Swype beta for Droid.

  • llama

    Not to burst in and sound like a fanboi, but Apple has had this on the Iphone since the 3gs at least, maybe since the 3g–it's hardly innovative. The keyboard and the games have been two areas that I've felt like more effort needs to be made in Android. Hopefully we see more stuff like this come out.

  • Kenji138

    I think this can definitely be considered innovative for the android os. Remember, apple did not create the first touchscreen phone, yet many people consider the iphone to be innovator of touchscreen phones.

    Good luck on finalizing this app, Moritz! I look forward to using this helpful app.

  • http://peebleslab.com Andrew Stella

    sweeeeeeet

  • Gert

    How do you get the large keys to show? As shown on qwerted.com/

    • http://www.qwerted.com moritz

      youre able to set the gap between the keys to what you like .. so you can have no gap, which means big keys, and large gaps -> small keys.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/apascua61 apascua61

    Looks like a very good idea to me! Can't wait to see it unfold I'm very excited about it

  • http://www.stealthcopter.com/blog Matthew

    This looks amazing, can't wait for the release!

  • bikeridercpa

    Has there been any thought to including a voice recorder button with the keyboard, similar to what is included in the Talk to Me keyboard? However, this may become moot since Android 2.1 is supposed to provide this in any input field.

  • http://www.qwerted.com moritz

    hey, just wanted to let you know that qwerted is available on the market now, so go get it :-)

    • Kevin

      did you get it to work for sprint hero w/ sense UI?

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