Droid X’s MultiTouch Keyboard Ported to all 2.1 Phones

Within a few hours of the availability of the Droid X dump, someone over at  XDA- developers was able to port the new multitouch keyboard to all phones. Since Droid X runs Android 2.1 currently, some Froyo users have reported various issues including force close. One of the greatest things about this port is that you don’t need root to install this keyboard.

It looks stunning and with the multi-touch you can hold a button while pressing another, something which is not available with any other current keyboards. If you’re wondering what the use case for something like this is, may we suggest the Shift key.  It’s not all roses yet as haptic feedback doesn’t work for now.   Give the developers some time and they’ll figure something out!

If you’d like to try it on your 2.1 device, you can download the .apk file from 4shared| megaupload | xdadeveloper forum

After installing, go to Settings > Language & Keyboard, check the “Multi-touch Keyboard” option. To type text in, long press the text box and select the “Multi-touch keyboard”. You’re up and running.

Source : AndroidPolice

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38 Comments

  1. Bret
    June 25, 15:16 Reply

    I can confirm that this IS NOT working on my Eris. Anybody?

    • James
      July 15, 20:34 Reply

      Not working on mine as well… :-(

  2. @JasonMore
    June 25, 15:55 Reply

    Works great on my CM 5.0.7 rooted phone.

    Here is how I got it to work:
    (Note, it replaces the google keyboard)
    (Quotes after ADB stuff are command line)

    1. Downloaded "repackaged-signed.apk" from mega download
    2. Renamed to LatinIME.apk
    3. Connected phone to adb "adb shell"
    4. "su"
    5. "mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system"
    6. "cp /system/app/LatinIME.apk /sdcard/LatinIME_Old.apk"
    7. "cp /sdcard/LatinIME.apk /system/app/LatinIME.apk"
    8. "exit"
    9. "exit"
    10. On phone, Long press on any text box
    11. Input Method
    12. Select Multi-touch keyboard
    13. Touch text box again

    Presto!

    • Ziltoid
      June 26, 02:36 Reply

      Thanks. Followed this exactly and worked no problem

      G1 – Cyan 5.0.7

  3. @JasonMore
    June 25, 15:57 Reply

    Whoops, forgot 2 things:

    1. I copied LatinIME.apk to the sdcard of my phone between steps 2 and 3
    2. I'm using a MyTouch3G running the SuperE version of Cyanogen Mod 5.0.7

    Hope this helps!

  4. asdfsad
    June 25, 16:56 Reply

    too bad shoddy and inaccurate multitouch tech on most android phones won't support the functionality very well…

    • AndroidBen
      June 29, 18:07 Reply

      iPhone lover. To let you know, the DROID X keyboard is marvelous. THANK YOU

  5. Mike
    June 25, 17:11 Reply

    Its not working on my HTC Hero

  6. @sjstrutt
    June 25, 17:18 Reply

    Works great on my HTC Incredible. Definitely like it better than the SenseUI keyboard. Really hoping for haptic feedback though. Any chance we can get the "swipe up for punctuation" feature, too?

  7. Justin Marden
    June 25, 13:24 Reply

    not working on my G1.. i’m not going through ADB just for a stupid keyboard.. it’s not worth it

  8. alex
    June 25, 17:45 Reply

    I tested it on my htc desire. the multi touch works, but if i hold the shift key and press a letter, i always get the one under it. For example if i'm pressing the "f", i get the "c"; and if i push on "g" a "v" is pulled and so on. and i'm not able to get any character from a to l, because there is character-button straigth above it :D … it's so weird.

    Greetz
    alex

  9. alex
    June 25, 17:50 Reply

    "…because there is NO character-button straigth above it …"

    sorry

    Greetz
    alex

  10. Dan
    June 25, 18:14 Reply

    not working on my G1, i did the ADB, but im being told my phone is out of space (even though i have 16MB space left)

  11. Danny
    June 25, 18:26 Reply

    Does this work on phones with HVGA displays (such as G1, myTouch, myTouch Slide, Hero, any MotoBLUR device, etc…) or just WVGA displays (such as most 2nd Gen devices)?

  12. Sid
    June 25, 20:09 Reply

    Working on my N1. Download it from the megaupload link.

  13. Josh
    June 25, 21:18 Reply

    Works on EVO 4G typed this with it. Used megaupload link.

  14. pax
    June 25, 21:48 Reply

    Constant "force close" on Nexus 1 with Froyo

  15. @hughbriss
    June 26, 15:22 Reply

    Works fine on my Moto Droid but the ampersand (&) symbol is missing so it has the word ampersand on the key.

  16. mutiara
    June 26, 15:26 Reply

    it works really good in my spica.. Nicee..

  17. jhoravi
    June 27, 07:58 Reply

    What the use of multi-touch if there's only one shift key?? Say you execute shift+a. Using borth thumb on the far left is very awkward!

  18. lr4life
    June 27, 20:19 Reply

    Dude, the the APK is huge.
    Over 100mb!
    I dont need that bloat on my phone.

    Download SmartKeyboard Pro from the Market.
    Pretty sure it has all of the same features as the Droid X keyboard and is well worth the $1+ price tag.

    • Guido
      June 28, 16:12 Reply

      Dont know what you downloaded, but for me the install size is 3.3mb.

    • mikey
      June 30, 06:57 Reply

      the download you selected is the entire droid x system dump.

  19. Guido
    June 27, 23:39 Reply

    Works great, just have to be sure to disable the default keyboard as well as enable this new one.

  20. Kevin
    July 06, 07:19 Reply

    megaupload wont work, wont let me download it, just keeps me going in circles

  21. Nick
    July 25, 23:36 Reply

    works great on original motodroid, used megaupload link

  22. Julian
    July 26, 04:35 Reply

    I tried installing on my samsung vibrant and the size of the letters were super small…did anyone had the same problem????

  23. albert
    August 09, 06:15 Reply

    Same as me julian, super tiny letters on samsung vibrant. Still pretty usable though. Although I’m not sure if its true multitouch when on the vibrant…

  24. Ken
    August 19, 15:26 Reply

    Works on Samsung Captivate! Might still prefer SwiftKey, though…

  25. Demond
    August 23, 02:33 Reply

    Im using it now…used mega upload,love the look and good spacing,one thing…on my sanding vibrant the letters are extremlh tiny,i love the light vib it gives as im typing…

  26. patricia george
    October 03, 18:06 Reply

    My droid x muti touch keyboard is sticking and typing in the wrong words please help

  27. Isaacengels
    July 25, 14:57 Reply

    Everytime I attempt to install the apk my phone says “This is a system file.
    Do you still want to replace it?” I hit okay and then install, then the installation bar comes up and loads and then my phone says “Application not installed. I’m running 2.3.4 on my OG Droid.

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