Big fingers? ThickButtons enlarges keys you’ll most likely tap next

By , Nov 12, 2014

ThickButtons 1.0 for iOS (teaser 002)

Lviv, Ukraine based custom software development company N-iX, founded by Andrew Pavliv, has created a nice keyboard for iPhones, iPads and iPods running iOS 8 through its spin-off firm.

Named ThickButtons, it helps big-fingered users type more efficiently by using patented technology which enlarges and highlights keys you’ll most likely press next while shrinking the remaining ones to reduce the chance of making an error.

Such an input method arguably makes typing with one finger more accurate, especially on four-inch iPhones. The software doesn’t require additional training and doesn’t depend on dictionary.

ThickButtons is $1.99 in the App Store.

ThickButtons lets you type on the same QWERTY keyboard you know and love while using simple names, abbreviation and corrections to auto-complete your entries.

The app lacks a built-in dictionary to avoid making typing irritating due to the acronyms or misspelled words forcing you to re-type the entire word from scratch. Instead, ThickButtons helps correct your mistakes by enlarging three adjacent keys to the pressed key if the user presses the Backspace key.

ThickButtons 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

You can customizable key size to your liking, disable highlighting, set the keyboard height and choose among a myriad of themes in the ThickButtons app.

The app learns your typing habits and with the dynamically changing keys, it can improve your typing speed and accuracy though it admittedly takes some getting used to.

My only gripe with ThickButtons is that it’s slower than the default iPhone keyboard, much slower, so here’s hoping a future update makes typing a more responsive affair.

The iOS 8-only app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices and is localized in 32 languages. It’s also available on Android via Google’s Play store where it recently passed a million downloads since its March 2013 debut.

You can download ThickButtons for $1.99 in the App Store.

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  • iNeedANameHere

    This is such a great idea. I don’t know why someone didn’t make something like this sooner

    • RarestName

      It was on Android … 4 years ago.

      • iNeedANameHere

        I meant as far as iOS jailbreak and installing it through Cydia. I figured android had something like it before. i just can’t stand android I don’t know why. It feels outdated compared to iOS. I’ve tried switching twice once on the Galaxy S III a few years ago and just recently with the HTC One M8. The M8 was great build and awesome sound but Android just kills it for me. I always find myself back on iOS and OS X. Apple has it nearly perfect for me and I just tinker with the minor things once the jailbreaks come out to smooth out my diamond 😉

      • RarestName

        Um, okay? I was just trying to say that the developer already made this 4 years ago 😛

  • john diaz

    Simple but very effective

  • JulianZH

    Waiting for it to be free.

  • Ian Leon

    The iPhone always did this by invisibly increasing the touch targets. This just makes it visible.

  • mark

    I have long fingers and massive thumbs and I can see this to be very helpful in the past, it’s a bit late now cause I’m already used to this tiny stock keyboard that Apple has given us.

    • igorsky

      Are you Thorin, Son of Thrain?

  • Andrew

    Just wondering, what do you find wrong with Pay? How is it a terrible idea? Paying with my phone which is always on me instead of carrying around a bunch of cards seems brilliant to me. And how would making it cross platform even work?