Is the Nexus keyboard multi-touch?


  1. RedMist

    RedMist Well-Known Member

    I'm planning of getting one shipped to the UK soon.

    But STILL unsure whether to get the Droid for the keyboard.

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  2. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    The Nexus One has a good software keyboard. I find it just as pleasant to use as the iPhone - MT or not.

    If you are happy with a good software keyboard get an N1.

    If you want a hardware keyboard then get a Droid.
  3. RedMist

    RedMist Well-Known Member

    So is it multi touch?

    i.e.

    If you hold on the A "key", can you type the B key OK, and vice-versa?

    The reason is, I am a two thumbs typist. Sometimes they overlap and I type on a key before leave go of the previous one. This is no problem on a hardware keyboard. (e.g. my PalmPre)

    if you are a one finger typist I can see that it would not make much difference,.
  4. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

  5. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

    Yes it is.
  6. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

  7. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

    If you hold down the X key (for example) then press P it prints the X in the text box and moves onto the P, if you keep the P held and press D it'll print the P and move into the D.

    Surely by definition that's multi touch as it's using 2 inputs?
  8. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    I'll have to try that!

    Apologies if I'm misinformed.
  9. RedMist

    RedMist Well-Known Member

    It sounds like it it!

    Thanks.

    Decision now drifting more towards Nexus than Droid..
  10. cdmta

    cdmta Well-Known Member

    And if you get Smart keyboard from the market, you get true "chording" multi-touch. not sure of the spelling, just heard it from Erick Tseng. chording means if you touch one key and press another, it immediately registers that keypress.
    correct me if i am wrong on this, just my interpretation.
  11. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    It seems to me that on the stock keyboard, it only registers the second key press when the first is removed. I don't call this true multi touch.
  12. cdmta

    cdmta Well-Known Member

  13. Fatal Exception

    Fatal Exception Well-Known Member


    Compare this to a non multi touch keyboard though, for example ones on DS games.

    On a DS screen if you hold down two fingers it registers a single point of contact directly in between them. The keyboard on the Nexus however registers the second press and chooses to ignore it.
  14. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    I'll have to take your word for that. However as the DS is stylus based I would think that MT has not been much of a factor at all.
  15. afine1

    afine1 Well-Known Member

    why all of this debating if it is or not? all that should matter to the op is that it has the capability to be multi touch. if the stock keyboard is not then find one that is. so to the op...yes it is multitouch capable. you just might have to go to the market and get a different keboard...not really that hard.
  16. hunta

    hunta Well-Known Member

    FWIW I'm a two-thumbs typist too and find it fine, multi-touch or not. If anything it's over-sensitive, but after a day or so I found I could start to clatter out text no problem.
  17. u 're either a lousy liar or a moron.

    no! it's not hard. it's just silly...... 3d party never works as fast as native.
  18. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

  19. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    Can you please conduct any debates/discussions in a civil manner, please? Disagreement is fine, but name-calling and insults aren't.
  20. swaze

    swaze Well-Known Member

    Sorry but the keyboard on the N1 is not multitouch. Whoever says it is has no idea what multitouch is.
  21. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member

    Sorry but the keyboard IS multitouch.

    How multi touch is used/implemented varies by software.
    Just because the keyboard doesnt have mt reactions like other keyboards doesnt mean its not MT.

    Its MT but it doesnt utilise it in a useful or intuitive fashion...but its there.

    All you NO MT! people just continue to look absolutely foolish.

    Lousy MT yes.
    No MT is just ignorant.
  22. swaze

    swaze Well-Known Member

    Sorry, its not. You believe what it is you believe though. Im not mad at cha.
  23. MartinS

    MartinS Well-Known Member

    Rather than calling people ignorant and a moron and going from it is to it isn't...

    ...has anyone got a link or other proof as to whether the keyboard is or isn't utilizing MT?

    I would have also thought the point is whether the OP finds the keyboard usable in practise.
  24. ManMythLegend

    ManMythLegend Well-Known Member

    For the umpteenth time yes.

    Erick Tseng, Android Senior Project Manager, on the Engadget Show | DroidDog Android Blog

    FFWD to 10 min mark.

    Im not sure how many articles or vids have to discuss the same ridiculous topic. Im sorry at this point the group of people who are arguing it isnt there are the ones choosing to be ignorant or doing the mindless bashing.

    Not directing any hostility at you MartinS at all. Just the handful of people who insist on spreading false information.

    Keyboard is MT ,Android just uses a ******o implementation of it.
    Apple is restricting gestures and specific implementations they may have patents on. not MT itself.
  25. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    I didn't ask you for a definition of multitouch, Swaze. In fact, I couldn't care less about it. What I did request is civility and behaviour a bit more becoming of adults. Please take note.
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