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Video: @janole and Gravity’s pretty awesome Portrait keyboard.

I’m sure a lot of us here have heard, at least at some point, about the awesome social networking client gravity. The new client being developed for S^3 devices primarily, seems to be taking a departure from the default text input options available for S^3.  A key bit of work being undertaken by @janole (creator of gravity and one-man-dev army 🙂 ) is to

1. Do away with the separate text box

2. Provide a decent QWERTY keyboard

3. Provide a transparent area where users can input text, see the messages being replied to and interact with the non-text input areas.

The following video is a demonstration of the keyboard in its current iteration and I must say, it’s quite the looker. My only issue here is the lack of consistency that users will likely find when going between apps on their phones.  Opera mobile for example provides its own, distinct input options while in the browser as opposed to utilising the  default option (for good reason mind you). And now gravity is about to do the same. When Nokia does finally implement an improved input method, what will users think and feel when forced to use a myriad of different options to input the same text. Then, what of the different styles looks and feels of applications which while they may provide great user experience lead to inconsistencies that may frustrate the end-user.

Personally, if I was in charge of Symbian development, I’d take a long hard look at what Jan Ole Suhr is doing and either buy the implementation from him, or work with him to improve the current input options. Because if I’m honest, his looks a sad sight better than the one’s we’ve seen leaked recently.

Video can be found here

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Cheers on the gravity keyboard tips Adnan and Fahoum


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  1. November 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    “Personally, if I was in charge of Symbian development, I’d take a long hard look at what Jan Ole Suhr is doing and either buy the implementation from him, or work with him to improve the current input options. Because if I’m honest, his looks a sad sight better than the one’s we’ve seen leaked recently.”

    My brain cannot comprehend the design decisions of the leaked portrait QWERTY. I mean enough examples are out there in the wild to copy…but no. Reinvent the wheel into a nice cube.

    • Andre
      November 8, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      It baffles me too.

    • Rant
      November 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

      Be different equals succes? :S Nice thinking there Nokia. :X

      Anyway, while the Janole Portrait QWERTY (or JPQ for short) looks very nice indeed it also lacks in one department at the moment: No dot or comma on the main input pad. You have to acces another screen for it. While it may be effortless to do, it is a major pain in the long run.

      If the dot and comma can be implemented on the main QWERTY than this JPQ would be very good. But I doubt if it can be well implemented without losing the feel JPQ has now.

      • Andre
        November 8, 2010 at 6:56 pm

        In addition to that is the lack of a return button.

        If that could be included in some way shape or form and made available as a standalone application, this guy could make himself a handsome amount of money in an astonishingly short amount time I would think.

        • Rant
          November 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

          Well seen, didn’t even notice that. 😮
          An idea could be to do away with the close button and add a big cross in the upper right corner to close or just tap outside the inputscreen to close.

          To get the dot and comma in, the spacebar could be a little smaller dot on the left and comma on the right. BAM; done. 😛

          BTW; who was in charge of Symbian development in this article? Not quite clear.

          • Andre
            November 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm

            I don’t know who the specific package owner for input options and that sort of thing.

            Jan is the creator of Gravity though.

        • dnlAmzg
          November 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

          In additon, did anyone notice that there is no automatic capitalization after inputing a period? You have to hit the “shift” key. Even the most basic of phones will automatically capitalize the next letter after a period. My Nokia from 8 years ago will do that! And what is the purpose of making a QWERTY that looks (almost) like the iPhone QWERTY?

  2. Keith
    November 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Been using this new Beta Gravity since a couple days and I have to say, it’s better than ever! The new keyboard is REALLY good even in Portrait. I think thats how Nokia should’ve done it. I’ve never been a fan of Nokia’s On-screen keyboard layout. This guy has implemented the keyboard almost perfectly. Its an almost because it still lacks multitouch….:(

    • Andre
      November 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

      Hence the part of my article that Jay quoted

      “Personally, if I was in charge of Symbian development, I’d take a long hard look at what Jan Ole Suhr is doing and either buy the implementation from him, or work with him to improve the current input options. Because if I’m honest, his looks a sad sight better than the one’s we’ve seen leaked recently.”

      • Keith
        November 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm

        I agree COMPLETELY with that statement. If i’m not wrong, then Nokia is currently working with HyperX to improve the video performance on N8 (and other S^3 devices).
        They could do the same with Jan Ole Suhr and try to work with him to implement things that Nokia phones have been missing because according to Nokia, they love outside innovation. Then why not try to work with them and provide those innovations in future devices out-of-the-box?

        • Rant
          November 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm

          Hmm, find it a bit hard to believe that Nokia is working with HX. Respect for what he is doing, but for what I’ve read Damian and his team are more than capable of improving stuff.

          Did you read the interview he did with conversations by any chance? (Guess you did) That clarified some thing regarding 25fps and low detail or high compression of N8 photo’s.

          • Andre
            November 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

            I want this keyboard on any future device.

            No questions, they should and could damn well do it

  3. James
    November 9, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Is there a different download location or version? I have just downloaded v1.31 from Gravity’s download page for my N8 and I all I get is the regular Nokia vertical alphanumeric dial pad rather than this QWERTY keyboard.

    • Andre
      November 9, 2010 at 1:12 am

      This is in beta.

      • James
        November 9, 2010 at 4:26 am

        ic, thanks.

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