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X-keys Mobile Device Support

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X-keys USB keyboards, switches, pedals, and controls offer a number of options for sending input to mobile devices.  We currently offer three products with specific features for mobile application including multimedia commands.


In addition, all of our X-keys XK series devices can be configured as a USB Keyboard, Mouse or Game Controller (joystick). See more features and information in the tabs below.

Using USB HID

  • USB X-keys work on all devices supporting USB HID
  • Programming and macros saved in onboard memory
  • Supports keyboard or game controller (joystick) with mouse and multimedia commands
  • X-keys Plus devices have multimedia and absolute mouse features

All of our XK series X-keys can be configured as a USB keyboard, mouse, or game controller (joystick). The configuration and programming are done on a PC using our MacroWorks 3.1 software.  Our X-keys Plus units (currently XK-24 Plus, XK-3 Plus, and USB 12 Switch Interface) may also be programmed with our X-keys Android app.

X-keys Plus units have additional capabilities like our proprietary absolute mouse feature, and multimedia commands.  The absolute mouse feature allows an X-keys button or foot pedal to perform a touch or swipe anywhere on the screen.

A USB A to USB Mini adapter (inexpensive and commonly available) is required for most mobile devices and not all mobile devices accept USB input. Some mobile devices will require a powered USB hub as well to prevent the X-keys from drawing power from the device.

Using a configuration with no keyboard endpoint preserves the functionality of the on-screen keyboard. If both on-screen and keyboard endpoint are required, many mobile devices have methods to accommodate this. Learn more here: On-screen Keyboards

Learn more and download MacroWorks 3.1 here

Learn more and download X-keys Android here

Using X-keys Android app

  • Allows X-keys to control any app
  • Programming and editing performed on the Android device
  • Programming stored in X-keys memory and travels with the X-keys
  • Easily set up multiple identical X-keys
  • Program touches, swipes and multimedia commands
  • Supports keyboard or game controller (joystick) with mouse and multimedia commands

X-keys Android app reads and writes programming on X-keys Plus units.  X-keys buttons and pedals can send keyboard commands, mouse actions, game controller controls, multimedia commands, and touches or swipes. Programming is stored in the X-keys on board memory and can easily be copied to multiple units. 

X-keys Plus units currently include XK-24 Android, XK-3 Android, and USB 12 Switch Interface. Many Android devices require a USB A to USB Mini adapter and not all Android devices support USB input.

Learn more and download X-keys Android here

Mobile Developer Resources

  • Integrate X-keys with your app
  • Use a communication channel independent of other input
  • No collision of programmed X-keys with Android standard features
  • Retain functionality of  on-screen keyboard

Method 1

Use our X-keys Android app to set up all keys on the X-keys as game controller buttons with values 17 and higher.  This prevents them from conflicting with keyboard, mouse, or game controller input from other input devices. Then incorporate a dispatchKeyEvent to "read" these buttons.  This is easy on Android and, unlike Windows, you get the sending device so you know it is an X-keys sending the button event.  See the free code samples: PIGameController and PIJoyKeys.

Method 2

Read and/or write X-keys USB HID data reports directly.  This method will allow the developer complete control over the indicator and backlighting LEDs.  See X-keys SDK for Android for free code samples for detecting and reading/writing the state of all controls and indicators.

iOS Support

We have successfully tested USB input to iOS via the USB Camera adapter. A powered hub must be placed between the X-keys and iOS device. The X-keys must be preprogrammed on an Android device or a PC.

Keyboard

All standard USB keyboard input. The on-screen keyboard can be toggled by programming a multimedia Eject command (see below).

Multimedia

  • Play/Pause
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Next Track
  • Previous Track
  • Home
  • Eject (toggles on-screen keyboard)

At the time of this publication iOS does not support mouse or game controller input via USB.

Compatibility

We have compiled a list of compatible devices that work with our Mobiles keyboards, switches and pedals.

Working

  • Nexus 7
  • Samsung Galazy Tab 2
  • Dopo D7015
  • M6 Smart TV
  • iPad Mini - requires a camera adapter and powered USB pub and needs to be programmed no a PC or Android

Not Working

  • Kindle
  • Nexus 4

**If you don't see your device on listed above, it does not mean it will not work, it just means we have no tested it.

Questions to ask:

  • Does my device support USB host/OTG?
  • Can the Device support keyboards or game pads connected to its USB port?
    • If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then the X-keys Mobile devices should work.