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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by DougFunny, May 31, 2010.

  1. DougFunny

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    Does anybody know if there is or will be a physical keyboard attatchment for the EVO? I personally am a big fan of physical keyboards but if there isnt one this phone will still be amazing.
     

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    No physical attachments yet.. But when HTC fixes their bluetooth stack in Sense (or flash a custom ROM), then you can use bluetooth to hook up a wireless keyboard through some Apps in the market.
     
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    Oh. I was thinking more like a portable keyboard. When u explain that to me i think like the keyboard from a mac. Is that what you mean?
     
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    yea he means like a full on BT KB... i don't think you'll see any pocket sized KB for the EVO soon... could be wrong but i doubt it
     
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    Ahh okay well ill keep that in mind if im ever going to be writing any essays on my EVO lol :p
     
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    Wait back the BT bus right on up:mad:

    Are you telling me they still have not addressed there BT stack yet?:mad::mad:
     
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    I'm not familiar with android but I am familiar with linux kernels .. so hopefully I'll be able to turn on USB OTG (on-the-go) mode on the USB controller and allow us to use the micro-usb slot to run anything.. keyboard, thumbdrive, or usb 2tb harddrive :)... that'll be my first goal starting friday
     
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    Not quite sure what you'd need 2TB's for on the EVO but go for it lol.
     
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    damn is there any portable keyboard that will work with the evo i dont care for price i wanna use 1 for at home so i dont have to always touch screen
     
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    mostly sarcasm.. but i have a few ideas... like my entire dvd and mp3 collection :) to take with me and stream to any htdv or dvi monitor :)
     
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    Well, that sucks. :(

    Any word on if Froyo fixes it by chance?
     
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    Any custom rom (including Froyo) that does NOT include Sense UI should "fix" their bluetooth problem.
     
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    I would be interested in a BT keyboard down the road... something ultra-portable.
     
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    I'm all for USB OTG but HTC screws us every time with this (and the EVO is no exception). While the Snapdragon chip set supports it, there are no included drivers and, worse, no power supply to power your device (so you'd need a powered hub or a self-powered device). Not so useful for the USB flash drives or keyboards...

    Also, HTC seems to use the fifth pin (used for OTG sensing) for turning on their "hands-free" mode so I'm not sure if that wire is even wired where it needs to be to enable true OTG sensing with an appropriate driver.

    Yes, I have an EVO and, yes, I've tried to get my USB devices to work with it. I'll do some driver stuff at some point after getting root, but I'm not hopeful that the power supply or wiring issues will turn out well.
     
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    actually with on the go mode.. the usb controller acts as both a host and a client for usb depending on how its plugged in or whats plugged in to it.. when it switches to host mode it supplies power.. but I wouldn't trust how much power comes from the pre because while it'll be 5v im sure it will be lacking in the amps department.. for a thumbdrive it might be good enough tho... I got the Pre to switch into OTG mode by making some modifcations to the USB drivers in the kernel and adding usb-storage.ko compiled for the pre kernel... i just got too busy to finish it and broke my micro-ab usb cable (which is also required btw...)
     
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    well im down to donate to this project id lov to be able 2 use a portable key board
     
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    sounds good to me...
     
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    ... they dont have drivers for it theres a company that sells them for 10$ its not the bluetooth stacks fault its the physical lack of drivers...
     
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    well lets all try and keeep this posted as it may com in handy
     
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    Interesting news on the Pre. I'm hopeful this is just a driver issue on the EVO as well as the Snapdragon chip set supports OTG. I've seen HTC not put any power supplies on, before, so that's my big fear (and, yes, supplying more than 100 mA would be nice, but who knows). Qualcomm has an Android project for their chipsets that should have drivers and header files... I haven't looked at it in a while. Once I get root... two more days!
     
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    anyone remember this for the Palm?

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    Those were the days! I had a Palm with PalmOS and an attachable keyboard. Used it for data collection. I also have a Palm 800W with USB host so I can plug my USB keyboard in if I want (I don't).
     
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    lol I thought I was buying a smartphone so I didn't have to cart around a keyboard or mouse.
     
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