Keypurr Keyboard For Android

Keypurr is a new alternate on-screen keyboard for Android phones that improves on the standard keyboard by providing larger buttons. As you can see in the screen shot, to provide the larger buttons several of them function for multiple letters. The result is a QWERTY-like configuration that makes the keyboard familiar but might take a little practice to be completely comfortable.

Word prediction is the key behind making Keypurr work. To type fast you need to trust that the word prediction will work, and in my limited testing the prediction works very well, and the larger keyboards do help with accuracy. The buttons are large enough that it is possible to type with one hand, when necessary.

If you look closely, you will see that most buttons also have symbols at the top and numbers at the bottom. To enter a symbol or number, you flick either up for the symbol or down for the number from the button. The process takes a little getting used to, but does speed up the entry of symbols and numbers. If you prefer a numeric keyboard, Keypurr has one, and you switch to it by flicking up from the Sym (or Enter) button.

Keypurr has a feature that I wish all on-screen keyboards provide, programmable function keys. You configure the function keys in settings, and they can insert text or move the cursor. I find that I am constantly needing to enter my e-mail address, and it is a hassle to do so because most keyboards automatically insert spaces after periods and symbols, and convert my name to mixed case. With Keypurr I can configure F1 to enter my e-mail address.

Unfortunately, Keypurr has what is for me a fatal flaw, it is too large for use in landscape. When I rotate the phone to landscape the keyboard completely covers any text entry field on the screen. For many people this will not be an issue because they only use their phone in portrait, but if you do use landscape you will want to switch keyboards.

If you are interested in checking out Keypurr for yourself, a free trial of it is available now in the Android Market, though it will only provide full functionality until January 10, 2011. A full version costs $3.99. The developers also provide six instructional videos that do a good job of explaining how the keyboard works. Because keyboards are a personal choice, and Keypurr is currently free, I suggest that you try it out and see if it works for you.