Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) will soon launch a one-hand mode for its Android Keyboard through an update.
The new version of the keyboard will make it easier for people who use large handsets to text using one hand. This will eliminate the struggle of having to reposition the device to reach some of the distant keys. Most people like texting with one hand, and thus, the new feature will be something that many people will appreciate.
The new keyboard offers a variety of options such as the ability to change the keyboard height to the user’s preference. It also offers the option of placing the keyboard either to the left or to the right. The keyboard also displays boarders around the keys so that the users can see the keys that they are tapping. The keyboard can be interchanged between one-hand and full-size at the press of a button.
Solving the keyboard problem
Device manufacturers have over time shifted to larger handsets which are preferred by many. Unfortunately, texting becomes an issue due to the size. All the companies that make handset keyboard have faced this problem, and each has come up with their own way of solving the problem.
Before keyboard resizing became a thing, handset manufacturers used to produce different options for their handsets. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is well known for this strategy because it caters to every market need; both to larger or smaller handsets. A few other devices have adopted this strategy too. However, users of larger devices still face the same problem, thus the need to come up with a strategy that will allow users to text with one hand.
Apple also has a keyboard solution through its 3D Touch cursor control. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) also upped its game with the release of its iPhone keyboard known as Word Flow. The latter has an arc mode which makes it easier for users to text single-handedly.