Phone-formatted keyboard dug up in Open webOS | webOS Nation

Phone-formatted keyboard dug up in Open webOS

by Derek Kessler Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:08 pm EDT

Phone-formatted keyboard dug up in Open webOSTuesday brought tweaks to Open webOS courtesy of homebrew maestro Josh Palmer (known 'round these parts as @ShiftyAxel) that made the tablet-sized operating system work better on phone-sized display of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. He was able to dig up and implemented rounded corners, bigger icons, and bottom-aligned notifications - it's like the webOS of old!

Palmer continued his digging, seeing what else might be hidden in Open webOS. He came across an alternate layout for the keyboard (specifically in Src/ime/PhoneKeyboard.cpp) that provides an on-screen keyboard that's more suitable for phone-sized screens. That means taller buttons for your beefy thumbs, a slightly altered layout, and the loss of the number row (there's only so much screen real estate to work with, after all). Notably, the keyboard's lacking in a full skin, instead it's mostly composed of an offset grid of white letters on black. We'll be honest, it's kinda hot like this (especially on the Galaxy Nexus' AMOLED screen with its inky deep blacks).

We haven't been able to try out the keyboard yet, though Palmer says that's it's "very ergonomic despite the lack of keys." There's no timeline on when we might be able to play with the keyboard ourselves, but we're looking forward to it. Really, we are - the shrunken-down TouchPad keyboard that we played in the current alpha port for the Galaxy Nexus isn't that much fun. Maybe our thumbs are too chunky.