The old cell phones had a keyboard known as a numerical “keypad”, composed mainly of a block of keys with numbers and symbols that contained all the letters of the alphabet distributed in 12 keys. For those of us who had a cell phone with a keyboard like these, we learned to develop strategies to write faster. One of them was to learn how many “touches” you needed to give the key to write the letter you wanted.
With the arrival of cell phones with touch screen, all this changed. Most of the current mobiles incorporate a QWERTY keyboard directly on the device’s screen, which includes a better distribution of all the letters of the alphabet. However, many people still have problems writing on this type of keyboards, so we show you below, some tricks to help you write faster on the screen of your mobile.
REGARDING THE ORIENTATION OF THE DEVICE
The most common ways to hold a mobile phone are: (1) hold the device horizontally with both hands and use your thumbs to write; and (2) use one hand to hold the device and the index finger of the other to touch the screen.
Either of these two forms is correct, everything will depend on the comfort of the user and the size of the device that we hold. Well sometimes the bigger the device is, the more space we have to cover and the technique of the two thumbs may not work properly.
Another way to help us write on the screen of our phone is to use a rigid case that allows us to hold the phone to have both hands free and use all fingers, just as we would on a laptop keyboard.
SELF-CORRECTION AND PREDICTION OF WORDS
The spell checker is the best or worseAllied while we write. It is common for all smartphones to have this functionality, but if you still do not see it, you may have to activate it from the text input configuration of your device.
The spell checker suggests alternative words as we write to select the one that best suits what we want to say. On the other hand, the auto-corrector the one that has caused us more than one misunderstanding- automatically corrects words that it considers incorrect by those that most resemble those written by the user.
The advantage of these two writing systems is that they learn the more we use them, which is why it is a good alternative to use them every day so that their correction alternatives improve and adjust better to the way we write.
Instead of spending hours trying to write correctly, you can use solution alternatives that are much more comfortable for users, such as voice writing. The voice text input is much more common than before thanks to the improvement of the algorithms that allow this functionality.
In almost all smartphones that exist in the market, this feature is already configured, which appears regularly as a microphone icon next to the letters of the keyboard or in some other applications. By pressing this button, the system will record everything you say and automatically convert it to text so you can send the message more quickly.
Siri is a useful assistant that we can use on iOS devices. In Android devices, an interesting functionality is the one that Google Now incorporates, with Ok Google.
The Swype keyboards are designed specifically for touchscreen devices and were originally created for Android devices, but thanks to some third party applications are now possible to install on iOS devices.
Swype is a predictive text input model where the user places himself on the screen keyboard and swipes his finger across the letters to form a word. The route followed by your finger lights up with a pretty fun colour line. This type of keyboards has the same structure of a QWERTY keyboard and has a database where it stores the unknown words to detect them the next time the user types them.
For Android devices, this keyboard comes by default and for iOS devices, it is possible to install them through two applications: Swype and SwiftKey.
A very effective method to write faster on mobile devices and that many are unaware of, is the use of text shortcuts. This functionality allows us to write words by means of “abbreviations” that have been previously configured. For example, we can configure the mobile’s keyboard to detect every time we write “HBD” so that it can be converted to “Happy Birthday” and thus avoid writing the complete sentence.
To configure your shortcuts in iOS, go to Settings, General, Keyboard and, in the bottom part, select «Create quick function». Write the phrase or long word you want to write in the «Voice» section and the shortcut you want to use in «Quick function». For Android devices go to Settings, Language and text entry, Personal dictionaries, For all languages and touch the “Add” button that is located in the upper right part of the screen. In «Phrase» write the sentence or words that the keyboard should use and in «Substitution text», the shortcut of text you want to use.