Game of Thrones inspired Hodor keyboard app launched for Android

One of the great advantages of the Android mobile OS, until very recently, was its great selection of alternative keyboard apps to help speed your text input on the smartphone or tablet screen. Now Android programmer Eric Richardson has pushed the evolution of Android keyboard design even further. He has designed a keyboard that can be used to say absolutely anything with a single press of the finger – the Hodor Keyboard.

Hodor Keyboard in action, portrait and landscape

Hodor Keyboard in action, portrait and landscape

If you’ve ever watched the hit TV series Game of Thrones, then you will probably already be thinking ahead over a potential weakness of this new dedicated keyboard app. While it can be used to say absolutely anything it might not be very clear to your message recipient what you are trying to say. The keyboard consists of just a single button which types in ‘Hodor’ (without the quotes) for you.

You can download the Hodor Keyboard from the Google Play store where the app author reveals a few extra things about this replacement soft keyboard:

  • You can make this your default Android keyboard
  • You can swipe left to unHodor a Hodor
  • If you use Hodor as your password this keyboard can save you a lot of time
  • The Hodor Keyboard supports all languages
Hodor, doing his thing, with keyboard app icon

Hodor, doing his thing, with keyboard app icon

Already users are clamouring for a Hodor keyboard v2, to be expanded with an enter key, a shouting ‘HODOR’ and a pensive ‘Hodor…’ Also some thought the app could be improved with a word prediction facility like rivals SwiftKey and Swipe provide. But that might spoil the minimal simplicity.

The Hodor Keyboard, currently at version 1.0.3, costs $1 or £0.59. It is just a small download of 37K but you require Android 2.3.3 or newer for this kind of advanced input method (perhaps it’s just another good reason to upgrade your old Droid?).

This story caught the Tech Assimilator’s eye on The Guardian.

Mark Tyson

Mark has worked for a number of years as a newshound on other technology news websites. He decided to write for Tech Assimilate thanks to this web site's open embracing vision of the fascinating world of personal technology. Mark has also worked in the printing and advertising industries for tens of years previously.

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