Here’s one of those things that’s been around for a little bit, but well hidden. If you’re a fan of the stock Google keyboard but would love to have a dedicated number row – particularly given the size of many of today’s smartphones – you can do it. It’s not just an Android 5.0 Lollipop feature, so you’re able to do this on the Nexus 6 or LG G3 or HTC One or whatever.
You will, however, have to do a little digging in the keyboard settings.
One of those little tips that can really make your phone better.
That is a pretty handy tip. I like having the numbers visible, and so far I like the “PC” layout.
Or, just use the AOSP keyboard, which puts all the numbers as long-press options for the top row, all the symbols as long-press options for the middle row, and most punctuation marks as long-press options for the bottom row.
IOW, you have the equivalent of an 88-key keyboard using just the standard 3-row layout keyboard.
Once you get used to using the long-press options for punctuation and numbers, you’ll find it impossible to switch to a keyboard without them.
And gesture/swipe typing is available with the AOSP keyboard.
Would be nice if there was a separate, installable APK for the AOSP keyboard available in the Play Store, though. Currently, you need to run a custom ROM to get it.