Former Writer · Mar 22, 2012 at 09:30 am

Custom HTC G2 Key Mapping Improves Hardware Keyboard

The HTC G2 (otherwise known as the Desire Z) has one of the best feeling keyboards of any phone ever released. Despite a questionable z-hinge style slide that most users have found a way to look past, the device itself has lived a good life in terms of development—and the development hasn’t stopped yet. There are still ROMs coming out to make the phone run faster and, as it turns out, there are even mods coming out to make the keyboard better.

XDA Forum Member teferi released a modification that falls into the latter category of modifying the keyboard to give users more options when it comes to the key mappings on their hardware keyboard. The modifications are easy enough to install. Users will need ADB on their computers and simply push the files into the correct spot. Teferi was even kind enough to post each command step-by-step, which eliminates guess work for those who are a little less tech savvy.

Once installed, the keyboard changes in the following manner:

- left softkey is now “\”/”|”/”`”
– right softkeys are now “[“/”{“/””
– alt-z is now “^”, since .com is tab now

As if that weren’t enough, the developer has also given users a link to his Github where you can find the open source software he used to dump and modify key mapping files. For additional information, check out the original thread for the downloads and instructions.


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