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Text selector magnifier(like iphone)

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by epuiatti, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. epuiatti

    epuiatti Well-Known Member
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    I used an iPod touch today and noticed the glass sphere that magnifies the area where you are trying to put the cursor... Is there a similar app for android as its really useful, especially on my milestone which doesnt have a trackball...
     

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  2. KlaymenDK

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    Yes I've seen that too, and it's nothing short of brilliant. Especially with the combined effects of today's high-resolution displays and fat-fingered users, some method for precision selection would be very welcome.

    The bad news is that Android isn't put together in a way that allows you to make "an application" to add that sort of functionality. Every app lives inside its own window (even if it's a popup or part of a menu); you can't "interfere" with somebody else's text-edit field. :(

    The upshot of it is that this would have to be built into Android. But I guess they've determined the track ball / D-pad to be sufficient, so I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for this. Also, odds are that lens thingie is also covered by some stupid software patent. :rolleyes:
     
  3. nassausky

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    Oh I wish android had something similar because everyone makes mistakes. It's human to err. The iphone which I upgraded to this new android phone excelled in that respect. So simple to make a correction. I really do hope that they design/implement something that makes fixing errors easier. If I was an android designer I might also consider a directional pad that allows a user to go back without erasing text to make corrections.

    We can all dream...
     
  4. Kupz

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    Hi

    Currently ANDROID OS does't have Text selector magnifier(like iphone), are they really working on text magnifier (like iphone), if yes when will it be ready ?

    Tks.
     
  5. exeka

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    Try out "Amoeba" from Market its not a solution but its something
     
  6. Harry2

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    The HTC Desire HD has a Text selector magnifier :)
    It's a Sense feature.

    Harry
     
  7. n1oty

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    And the TMo MyTouch 4G has this as well, so any phone with "Sense" may have it.

    John
     
  8. athegn

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    I have the non HD Desire but I can't find this feature.
     
  9. Harry2

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    Sense is improved with the Desire HD.
    The non HD Desire hasn't the Text selector magnifier feature (not yet ?)

    Harry
     
  10. pool_shark

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    The Droid 2 also has it.
     
  11. JohnniMnemonic

    JohnniMnemonic New Member
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    Dream no more! Download Hacker's Keyboard from the google play store. It's got a directional pad and every other button you could possibly imagine pressing :D
     

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