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Phone upgrade: will we lose accurate cursor control?Support

  1. davoid

    davoid Well-Known Member

    As somebody one these forums already mentioned, all the new phones seem to come without a trackpad. Only this morning I was using my Desire to edit a word document in Docs to Go, and I consciously appreciated the ability to navigate within the document with the trackpad, and it made me wonder whether I should keep hold of the Desire just because of this particular functionality, as I value it highly.

    But I would sorely love to sample some quad core goodness at some point.

    I'm wondering why the android keyboard doesn't have cursor arrows incorporated, as they are conspicuous by their absence.

    It would be great if google devs incorporated this fundamental functionality into the primary text input interface, but how likely is it that they would listen to user requests for such a feature? (I know that for 2 years users have been pleading for google to add a bookmarks sidebar to Chrome, to no avail... not even a response, that I can find)

    Maybe with larger screens, it would be easier to accurately place the cursor with the tip of the finger, but I'm not convinced.

  2. Tyseyh

    Tyseyh Well-Known Member

    I now have an Xperia S, and i do miss the track pad. :(
  3. davoid

    davoid Well-Known Member

    I've found a keyboard app with cursor controls called Arrows Keyboard for $0.99 but it doesn't look great. I don't like the displaced bottom row of keys with the z below the shift key instead of the s key.

    Arrows Keyboard | AppBrain Android Market

    A much more elegant solution would be to use gestures - swipe up for cursor up; swipe down for cursor down, etc.

    But Arrows Keyboard might be better than nothing...
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Yes I'll miss it.

    I have swipe gestures on my HTC IME mod keyboard (which will follow me to every device if possible) which allows me to swipe to the beginning or end of a word quite easily. Not the same but helps.
  5. davoid

    davoid Well-Known Member

    You could try Perfect Keyboard. It seems to have quite comprehensive features, and has a setting so you can swipe up on the space bar and the keyboard shifts up one row and four arrow keys appear at the bottom. Swipe down again on the space bar and they disappear.


    Ah. Now I can start thinking about that upgrade.
  6. Tyseyh

    Tyseyh Well-Known Member

    I use SwiftKey, but I'll take a look at that.
  7. GingerRob

    GingerRob Well-Known Member

    The One X has cursors keys on the keyboard.
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  8. davoid

    davoid Well-Known Member

    That's good news!

    So does anyone know whether that is ICS keyboard or the new Sense?
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    HTC have always used their own keyboards. I hope they continue to because for me, its the best.
  10. rod9669

    rod9669 Well-Known Member

    and the keyboard has built-in swype
  11. Harry2

    Harry2 Well-Known Member

    Updated my HTC Sensation to ICS (Android 4.04 and Sense 3.6) but there isn't a cursor arrows row at the keyboard's bottom like the One X has it :(


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