In my opinion, ELECOM TK-FBP018 is one of the best portable bluetooth keyboards available on the market today. As you can see, the keyboard layout is quite different from the default US English keyboard. This note presents the Android key layout for this keyboard written by me.
The keyboard layout is represented on the image below.
It offers two key maps: English and Russian . The English key map is colored in black. It’s almost identical to the key map printed on the keyboard. The Russian key map is colored in green. The
Caps lock toggles between the two key maps.
If you want to adapt the key map for some other language, just replace the
capslock+shift mappings with desired unicode codes in the kcm-file.
How to install
You need to have root access to do this. Also make sure that permissions to these files are
0644 and the owner is
In case of any troubles with the layout (for example, when it doesn’t seem to be loaded when you connect the keyboard), see the system log using the
- Key Layout Files from official Android documentation.
- Key Character Map Files from official Android documentation.
- Tutorial: A custom android layout for logitech tablet keyboard – a very detailed instruction for creating custom key maps for Android.
Update from 17 Jan 2015
After few weeks of usage, I decided to modify the keyboard kayout in order to make it as close to the ordinary qwerty-layout as possible. This image repesents the result: