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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by dylane, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. dylane

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    Looking for a virtual keyboard that doesn't cover up the original screen when you are typing. I.E. if I'm typing something into a Google search box, I want to see the letters appearing in the search box, not some other box that I then have to send to the original application. Ideally it would also have a tab key on the main keyboard. Anything like this exist?
     

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    Welcome to the forum! :D

    It depends on what you mean by "cover up the original screen when you are typing".

    • When you bring up the virtual keyboard in portrait mode, the application UI will be partially covered by the keyboard, and your typing should appear directly in the application field.
    • When you bring up the virtual keyboard in landscape mode, the application UI will be entirely replaced by the virtual keyboard, and your typing should appear in a temporary field. When you close the keyboard, the text will appear in whatever field was selected.
    • In either case, if your keyboard offers predictive suggestions, these will appear in a strip just above the keyboard.

    Personally speaking, I absolutely abhor the "no UI" solution for landscape mode, as it makes a range of applications effectively useless. Sadly, that's the way it has to be -- the first two points (if not all three) apply to all keyboards because that's the dictated working from the OS. You simply cannot make a "transparent overlay" in Android.
     

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