By typing with only four buttons, Modality allows for limited movement and works great with one hand.
We want to thank you for being among the first to try out Modality 2, and we invite you to respond directly with ideas for future development at firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems that even Christopher Sholes, the "forward-thinking creator of the original Qwerty typewriter," would have found his own system incorrect for phones.
We released Modality, Version 1 in 2016. At that time, there were a good number of people who got on board and understood its potential for better typing.
But Modality Version 1 needed some updates to run more smoothly. It basically took fourteen months and another 150-200 iterations to get it right.
And those fourteen months were worth it, because Modality Version 2 is incredible! And perhaps the best part of all, it works great on Apple Watch as well.
Some of the features of Modality Version 2 are:
- Word selection near the letter buttons.
- Letters arranged by shape to make it faster to learn and memorize (patent pending: Red is straight lines with diagonals, Yellow is straight and curvy lines, Blue is curvy lines, and Green is straight lines at 90-degree angles)
- A number pad that makes all 10 numbers an easier reach from one another.
- A "Super Delete" key to remove full words at once.
- Right-handed, Left-handed, and two-handed arrangements to match your preference.
- All the typing in a very small area for ease of access and comfort.
- Punctuation directly on the home screen.
To install Modality, go to your phone's Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > MODALITY. Then, in any app, switch to Modality by pressing the World button on your phone's keyboard.
To use Modality, each letter key (red, yellow, blue, green) represents one of the letters shown. Press the series of keys until you see your word, then pick the word you need when you see it. Example: To write "Another," tap red-red-blue-green-green-green-yellow, then tap the word "another." It's super comfortable because your thumb is always moving in circular paths.
To add a word ending, such as "er," press green-yellow, then select "er/" from the list. A "/" after a word means that those letters will join to the end of the previous word.
To add a new word to the dictionary, press the "+Word" button and write your new word, then press the "Tap to Add" key. The "Tap to Add" key can also move existing words higher on the list.
If you like, you can also write a single letter by tapping the letters with a * after them. The * means that there will be no space after the letter.
To shift from right-handed use to either left-handed or both-handed use, press the Gear (Settings) button in the lower left corner.
To return to the slow, uncomfortable Qwerty keyboard that was meant for ten fingers, press the World button in the upper right corner.
Thank you again for choosing Modality! We want to hear from you at email@example.com
- Still the same compact 4-button typing system
- We found a bug in typing the word "balance" that crashes the system. This update fixes that.
Ratings and Reviews
Very innovative! Can't wait to see what the developer does with it going forward.
Developer Response ,
Thank you so, so much. Please do send specific comments (what works, ideas for updates) if you can to firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Facebook.
We're actually about to release an update (probably the week of Nov. 11) that brings it to the next level, and we're really excited about it.
Great keyboard App
The latest version of this keyboard app is easy to use and the interface is very intuitive!
Developer Response ,
Thank you so much for this feedback! We hope that you will continue using Modality, and share any ideas for future progress with us at email@example.com. We are consistently working to improve this product.
Interesting concept with lots of place for improvement. The most glaring omission is the inability of going back to other keyboards. Interface should be more streamlined and in line with the whole iOS feel. There's no reason for the landscape keyboard to look so subpar to the system keyboard. The same goes for the keyboard for inputting user's own words. All these changes make the implementation of the main concept look worse than it is. As far as that implementation goes, user interface us too cluttered and keys above and below The D-pad, are way too small for error free access. My advice would be to remove all those hints, and to find another way to teach users how to use the app. That would give you so much needed extra room. At least make them optional. Overall, app is not advantageous on iPhone SE in comparison with the system keyboard, but it has a lot of potential. I hope it'll be fulfilled.
Developer Response ,
It took a while before we could respond to reviews, but now I am happy to reach out and thank you so much for your response. We agree that Modality could use all of your suggestions, and we appreciate your acute response. Please reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook to share more thoughts. Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to bringing out the next Modality updates!
Ian Hanson, CEO
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.