At the present moment in time the most popular mobile operating system of choice is Android. It isn’t a coincidence that Android is also one of the most configurable and customizable operating systems that ships with mobile devices, allowing users to not only change the look and feel of their device, but to also change input methods through the installation of various different keyboard layouts and configurations.
Considering typing is one of the most important aspects on any smartphone or tablet device, then it isn’t difficult to process the benefits of being able to change the typing experience to suit different situations. The Slice Keyboard app from Istas Technologies is one such creation that offers an entirely unique keyboard experience for Android tablet owners, and in all honesty, it can only be described as insane. Whether that is a positive or negative classification of insane will ultimately be an individual’s decision, and whether or not they can get used to the touch typing experience on their tablet.
Slice Keyboard is designed to work with Android tablets that have a 7-inch or bigger screen, and comes in either a full chargeable version or with a free-of-charge demonstration version that also provides a nice little Space Invaders based typing game that is designed to try and get users up to speed with the typing experience as quick as possible. The app itself is based around typing innovation that places a blank home row where users place their fingers that then invoke different keys depending on where the fingers are placed.
The sole aim of Slice Keyboard is to enable tablet owners to type efficiently without having to look at the display, and the keys that they are attempting to hit. Number pads, punctuations and special characters are all accessible and finish off what is an extremely accomplished, unique and utterly insane piece of kit. I have a feeling that Slice Keyboard will be like Marmite to a lot of users in that it will cause division amongst those who love it or hate it. That shouldn’t detract from what is an extremely polished, innovative and fantastic Android offering.
(Source: Slice Keyboard for Android on Play Store)
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