Android and Bluetooth keyboard

Enough of death/closing from 2016.  Let us start the new year with something new!  A Bluetooth keyboard from BOW.  The BOW Hangshi HB022 is a bifold keyboard that supports Android, IOS, and Windows.  It comes with a hard carry case that works as a stand for your phone/tablet.  A nice touch is the movement of opening the keyboard will turn on the Bluetooth.

BOW HB022 Bluetooth keyboard
BOW HB022 Bluetooth keyboard, picture from EzBuy

Key placements.

Most of the keys are easily accessible just like a normal keyboard.  Unfortunately, the B key is on the wrong side.  I am used to typing the B key with my right hand, whereas on the B key is on the left half of the keyboard.  A tad far for touch typing to reach.  The ? key is located below the shift button, that requires some eyeball and fancy finger work to press that.

Key controls.

The keys work well with my Android phone, OnePlus One with CM13 by Sultanxda.  The launcher I used is the Action Launcher.  Initially, the launcher hated the keyboard, but a quick update by the developer, Chris Lacy, fixed the crash.

The Home and Back key worked well.  For some strange reason, I could never get the Menu or overflow key to work.

There are mapped keys for Select all, Copy, Cut, Paste and music playback.  Listed below are some keys to launch the apps.   Note if you set an app as the default, it is not remembered.

Win E – Email app
Win P – music Player
Win S – SMS app
Win L – caLendar app
Win N  –  Pull down notification window
Win C – Contacts app
Win B –  Browser app
Chrome browser
Ctrl P – Print
Ctrl R – reload

Apps that do not work.

Textra, SMS app strangely does not work.  There was no response from the app at all.
Stock SMS

Where to buy.

Taobao is the best place.  Unfortunately, any email to the manufacturer bounces.



Singapore Palm Users Group (SPUG) is finally dead

SPUG or Singapore Palm Users Group had been going to a slow decline for the past few years.  It was down for the last few months of December 2016.  Today in January 2017, it has finally given up.

SPUG is down


As a Palm owner, I remembered joining the group to catch up on the latest for apps for the Palm PDA.  Later it became a go-to reference for almost anything.  The SPUGgers in the Others thread had a wealth of knowledge to share and contribute.  A much more refined forum than the freewheeling EDMW. Google is always there, the collective local context of Spuggers was unbeatable.

Later as the product line of Palm slowly shrunk, so did the group.  When the HP killed off the Touchpad, the participation of the forums slowly died off.  The same happened to the Singapore Windows Users Group (SWUG).  That group became a Facebook group.