move cursor within text...
One issue I've found mildly annoying about the layout of the Optimus, is that there is no easy way to move the cursor within text.
In other words, if you type a whole sentence and realize you spelled one word wrong, it is EXTREMELY difficult to put the cursor back in exactly the correct spot to delete/replace one letter.
On other devices you have options, such as using the keyboard (arrow keys) or even a trackball (Hero, Droid Incredible, etc) to move the cursor around.
We have neither. And unlike the EVO, we don't have the large display to make this easier or the HTC-customized keypad that includes on screen arrows.
I suppose the answer is to install an alternative soft-keyboard, but I've kind of gotten used to the simplicity of the stock Android one. Did Google not give us a way to do this stock?
- 11-15-2010, 04:34 PM #2
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- 11-15-2010, 05:39 PM #4
It shows up on just about any Froyo device that doesn't have a custom one pre-installed (such as HTC Sense).
Google is well aware that Tablets and other slate style devices devoid of any keys or scrollwheels are out there. I would think this is something they would have addressed and not required a custom solution for. After researching the matter more in various forums, I found many people noticing the same thing.
I'm sure they will address it eventually, I'm just surprised and figured there was something I was overlooking since it seems too obvious a feature to so many.
Even WebOS with its tiny Pre and Pixi displays have a way to scroll through a line of text (hold the orange key and slide your finger in either direction). Deleting and retyping should not be the solution IMO.
But you've all answered my question: No. Google doesn't offer us a solution. Perhaps they are still expecting either keys or a wheel from the manufacturer.
Last edited by dishe; 11-15-2010 at 08:54 PM.
- 11-15-2010, 11:22 PM #6
Also, because of the openness of Android Google knows that there will be other options out there if you don't like the built in keyboard. This is true of pretty much anything that comes built in to Android. That's the beauty of open source.
For example, imagine someone took the Android keyboard, and simply added arrow keys to the bottom, pushing the entire thing upwards to take up more space. Now imagine a third party SMS app doesn't know how to arrange the display for the larger keyboard, and ends up blocking the input area entirely so you can't see what you're typing.
I used to have things like this happen all the time with WinMo, and was one of the reasons I was so eager to jump ship. Google seems to have thought Android through more thoroughly, thereby eliminating the need for third party meddling in basic functionality.
I think its more likely Google expected SOME form of key entry on the original design, much like a menu, home, and back button are required to use the OS as intended.
Sure, a hardware manufacturer could create a device without those buttons, but then they will need to come up with some way to replace those functions elsewhere. I suppose NOMster is actually correct in saying it was LG who missed the boat here, giving us a device without D-pad or scroll ball (ala EVO) but without replacing the missing function (ala HTC Sense keyboard).
Meanwhile- interesting little tidbit I found while experimenting with the stock keyboard: Swipe your finger upwards to reveal a temporary extension that includes numbers and punctuation. Life your finger and it goes away. Cool.
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