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I am using Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 with Logitech bluetooth keyboard.

I don't want to use a Dvorak layout for my on-screen keyboard like the other discussion here. I only want my external keyboard to use the Dvorak layout, without rooting and hacking my device.

How can I set my external keyboard to use a Dvorak layout on Android 3.1 without hacks?

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I doubt you can, those files aren't editable without root and Android doesn't support it yet. –  Matthew Read Jan 3 '12 at 17:34
Not sure if its a duplicate, but this sounds very similar to this previous question How to switch keyboard layout for external keyboard although that is a localization as well as layout change, and you're presumably keeping the same language, but changing layout. –  GAThrawn Jan 3 '12 at 17:49

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You can use this app to do it. No need for rooting. Dvorak is not available as a predefined layout (yet) but you can customize your own layout using the advanced settings. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apedroid.hwkeyboardhelper

EDIT: This morning I published version 2.7 of the app which supports Dvorak out-of-the-box.

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You can use the Root Explorer to change the keyboard layout file in /system/usr/keylayout/

This site explains it:


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It's fixed with KitKat. I'm not sure if it's 4.4.0 or 4.4.2 or 4.4.3, though.

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Can you give more details how you did this, please? –  Masi Mar 1 at 17:21
From Wikipedia, it states that the latest version supported officially is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which makes this answer moot. Unless you can provide more detail for this particular model (Galaxy Tab 8.9), at current state, this failed to answer the question. –  Andrew T. Mar 2 at 1:08

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