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PreCentral: Checking out the Galaxy Nexus Open webOS port virtual keyboard [video]

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Checking out the Galaxy Nexus Open webOS port virtual keyboard

Having successfully completed the build process for the

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on the
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, I knew that the next time it came around I'd have a better idea of what to do. Mostly because
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. This time around, armed with a modicum of knowledge, I was able to complete
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without running into any bumps.

The reason for running the latest version of the build was to check out the latest modifications made. While behind-the-scenes bits have been improved, what we were most interested in checking out the

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discovered and implemented by Josh Palmer (known around the webOS sphere as
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Palmer's modifications have brought back some of the classic bits of the webOS smartphone user interface, including rounded corners and the bottom-aligned notifications bar. He's also tweaked it so app icons appear at a size more appropriate for the Galaxy Nexus's screen (it's worth restating that the Open webOS released to open source was designed for TouchPad-size screens). But the new virtual keyboard was what we really wanted to check out, especially after tooling around with the practically fun-sized keyboard shrunken down from the TouchPad.

The made-for-smartphones keyboard is notably taller than the shrunken TouchPad keyboard. It's also been rearranged, losing the top row of numbers to a more traditional spot hidden behind a '123' key with other special characters. The layout has a lot in common with other smartphone virtual keyboards on the market, including the iOS and Android keyboards. A lot of the old TouchPad functionality is there, including pressing and holding on keys to bring up alternate versions of that character.

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