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by Derek Kessler Tue, 13 Nov 2012 9:07 pm EST

Quick-Keys virtual keyboard updated for better performance and customization

Several months ago we first touched on the Quick-Keys Keyboard virtual keyboard app for webOS smartphones. The app by D Gardner was more than a little rough by then, but the concept seemed solid: throw in an easy-to-toggle virtual keyboard in the notification area and you won't have to open up the phone to send a quick message or what-have-you. Problem is that it was slow and clunkily-implemented.

Fast forward to the end of the year and Quick-Keys has seen a number of welcome improvements. For one, you can now pick themes for your keyboard, changing the coloration to suit your tastes and/or mood. The keyboard has also gained a staple of the phone-sized keyboard with big floating pop-up letters that appear as you type. There are also more than a hundred new special characters available, some of which while supported by webOS aren't available through more tradition input methods (i.e. the physical keyboard).

There are a few other small improvements and additions (like the ability to type in bubble letters, if that's you're thing), but what's caught our attention is that Quick-Keys has been updated to allow you to type in a more traditional sense. Before Quick-Keys operated on a word-by-word basis - you type a word and it appears in the compose bar above the keyboard but isn't transferred to the app's text field until you hit the space bar or add some punctuation. It's a little frustrating coming from physical and virtual keyboards that put up the letters as you type them.

Quick-Keys has a new option, though it's disabled by default - that allows you to type and have the letters be inserted into the app's text field as you go, just like you would expect. The only problem is that the delete key in Quick-Keys only works in the keyboard composer, not in your app. Given the lack of autocorrect functionality, that can be a little frustrating, but it is what it is, and there's not anything that can be done to get around that.

All told, we're glad to see that Quick-Keys Keyboard has received some much-needed updates. There's functionality that's impeded by the design of webOS, but to have a virtual keyboard on your webOS smartphone, well, you're not going to find many other options than this $1.25 app.

12 Comments

work with just type?

Yes, Quick-Keys Keyboard does work with Just Type.

You may or may not need to tap the Just Type Bar first , depending on your device and/or what webOS version you are on.

TouchPad Users need to tap the Just Type Bar, then use the app to type.

Phone Users can launch Just Type anytime with the app on the home screen or while in the app launcher pages.

ⓣⓗⓐⓝⓚⓢ for asking

i'm from Hong Kong, how can i purchase this wonderful keyboard for my Pre3?

Unfortunately there is very little I can do at the moment, I'm sorry I do not have an easy answer for you.

I do know it is possible to change your App Catalog Country to say United States and then you would be able to purchase the Quick-Keys Keyboard App by using a virtual credit card. 

More information can be found here : 

http://www.webosnation.com/change-your-app-catalog-country-fun-and-apps?...

Best Questions and Answers about changing app catalog country here: 

http://forums.webosnation.com/webos-apps/315982-app-catalog-country-chan...

I am sorry I do not have an easy answer for you but this would be a possible fix or option. 

I'm in Denmark, how do can I purchase for my Veer and my Pre3 ?

if that's you're thing should read if that's your thing.

I live in sweden bought my copy with my Wirecard . writing this with wirtual keys :)

how can i get wirecard here in hong kong?

I'm making a keyboard app for Android. It may be available for webOS in the future.

no disrespect to the developer but I really wish there was a well made keyboard app for webos. (yeah I know, you can't say no disrespect and then basically disrespect someone)

there already is a virtual keyboard for webos its in homebrew ?

There is a virtual keyboard for devices running 1.4.5 homebrew version. And for 2X devices its a matter of enabling the built in keyboard with a patch