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Get it from Google Play: External Keyboard Helper Pro

Make your Android device play nice with your non-US external keyboard.

A non visible soft keyboard (Input Method) intended to be used with hardware Bluetooth and USB keyboards. It automaticly detects Bluetooth keyboards (and in some cases also USB keyboards) and brings up the Input Method dialog. It also supports a lot of different keylayouts for non-US external keyboards.

This app does NOT require a rooted device.

Features
  • International keyboard layouts.
  • Remaps the Escape key to BACK (optional)
  • Allows you to control which characters should be threated as combining characters.
  • A "null" Soft Keyboard to use with hardware keyboards (Bluetooth & USB).
  • Automaticly brings up Input Method selection dialog when Bluetooth keyboard connects or disconnects.
  • Automatic detection can also work with USB keyboards on some platforms (experimental)
  • App that brings up Input Method selection (for easy access)

Currently supported keyboard layouts
  • Austrian
  • Belgian
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • English (GB)
  • English (US-International)
  • Estonian
  • Faroese
  • Finnish
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)
  • French (Switzerland)
  • German
  • German (Switzerland)
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian (Numeric)
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain/Int)
  • Swedish
  • Turkish (Q)
  • Vietnamese

All layouts are based on standard USB Keyboard layouts. Bluetooth keyboards sometimes do not follow the standard completely but you can customize the layout yourself if it doesn't match perfectly.


Characters that can be threated as combining characters
  • acute
  • breve
  • caron
  • cedilla
  • circumflex
  • diaeresis/umlaut/dialytika
  • dialytika tonos
  • dot above/dot below
  • double acute
  • grave
  • ogonek
  • ring
  • tilde
  • tonos

What it does NOT
  • It won't fix your Bluetooth or USB connected keyboard if it wasn't working in the first place.
  • It does not automaticly switch Input Method. It only shows the dialog and you will have to choose Input Method manually. This is an intentional limitation built into Android by Google. No app is allowed to change Input Method without user interaction (unless the app is a system app).

Planned features
  • Support for more keyboard layouts.
  • DONE!Support for manually remapping keys.
  • DONE!If requested I may also make it work on Android versions lower than 2.3.
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19th March 2012, 07:54 AM |#2  
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Since yesterday it works with Android 1.6+ and custom remapping feature has been added along with some more predefined layouts and some more combining characters.

A demo version will be created soon.
21st January 2014, 05:24 PM |#3  
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Since yesterday it works with Android 1.6+ and custom remapping feature has been added along with some more predefined layouts and some more combining characters.

A demo version will be created soon.

its working find dude for me........
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doesnt anybody know my question? , i just want to extend status bar when i press page down button
27th January 2014, 07:48 AM |#5  
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Is much better Swiftkey!
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Hi,

I have been using your app (external keyboard helper) for a patient that only can use an android tablet with an external keyboard. This app is perfekt for the patient, BUT we're missing settings for the cursor to navigate around the screen. It is very difficult for the patient to see the cursor, and to see which application the cursor has been navigated to. Now the cursor is a thin green square appearing around the apps on the homescreen. Is it possible to change the color and the size of the cursor, so the patient is able to see it clearly? Or do i need another app for this function? in that case, which one would you recommend?
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Hi! Your app is perfect. I think it is really great idea. But I have one little problem.. there isn't czech layout. Is there any possibility You could add it in next version?

If you tell me what do you need, I can help you prepare it for you app.
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Quote:
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Hi! Your app is perfect. I think it is really great idea. But I have one little problem.. there isn't czech layout. Is there any possibility You could add it in next version?

If you tell me what do you need, I can help you prepare it for you app.

Sure, the reason why I haven't added it allready is that I'm not sure which one of the 3 different Czech layouts that are the most commonly used.

Czech: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/m...rds/kbdcz.html
Czech QWERTY: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/m...ds/kbdcz1.html
Czech Programmer: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/m...ds/kbdcz2.html

Which of these three is the most common one?
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Sure, the reason why I haven't added it allready is that I'm not sure which one of the 3 different Czech layouts that are the most commonly used.

Czech:
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Which of these three is the most common one?

I would recommend this first one

From common czech kb it differs just in key with the forward slash ("/"). Common czech keyboard has there -,_ (SHIFT), * (ALTGR)

Thank you very much!
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Originally Posted by vpavlin

I would recommend this first one

From common czech kb it differs just in key with the forward slash ("/"). Common czech keyboard has there -,_ (SHIFT), * (ALTGR)

Thank you very much!

Like this one?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ke...yout_Czech.svg
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