I have an Android phone running 4.0.4 (ICS) and a Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard. I have paired the keyboard with my phone and it works all right most of the time.

However, every so often I will experience the following:

  • after pushing some keys, nothing happens
  • after a few seconds, the characters I have entered show up
  • one of the characters is repeated many times

For example, pushing:

t e s t

Will result in the following being displayed on screen:


This only happens occasionally, but often enough to be a nuisance. I realize that there will always be unpredictable latency inherent with wireless communications (Bluetooth in this case) but I see no reason why characters are being repeated as if I held down the key (which I didn't).

Note that this is not a question about changing the repeat rate for keys being held down.

Edit: my device is a Samsung Galaxy Discover.

  • This same thing happens to a computer at school using a standard keyboard, how very strange. – Liam W Mar 15 '13 at 20:20
  • What device are you using? – geffchang Jul 16 '13 at 0:49
  • @geffchang: Oops. Forgot to mention that. I've updated the question to add the information. – Nathan Osman Jul 16 '13 at 2:12

Based on what I've read so far, this may be a bluetooth issue.

Some people have fixed the issue by:

  1. using only 1 BT device. If you have connected both a BT keyboard and BT mouse, disable one of them.
  2. disabling Wi-Fi. Having both Wi-Fi and BT seems to trigger a repeating key issue.
  3. using External Keyboard Helper Pro. It has a do not repeat option. Link to app.

At the end of the thread, it mentions that BT was re-engineered in Android 4.2. So if you upgrade to 4.2, that should fix the issues you are having.

  • I am only using a single Bluetooth device (the keyboard). I could disable WiFi except that it would prevent me from doing anything online (like text entry in Google Docs). Neither my carrier nor Samsung appear to be offering an update to Android 4.2, so that's not really an option. I'll look into the External Keyboard Helper app you mentioned. – Nathan Osman Jul 16 '13 at 2:10
  • @NathanOsman Is External Keyboard Helper working for you so far? – geffchang Jul 18 '13 at 5:08
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    I'm going to give their demo a try and see if it works. – Nathan Osman Jul 19 '13 at 17:28
  • @NathanOsman Is it OK now? – geffchang Jul 22 '13 at 6:36
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    Finally had the chance to try the demo... and it worked! Thanks! – Nathan Osman Jul 23 '13 at 2:04

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