Fastap-equipped phones aren't exactly commonplace in North America, so hey, maybe taking the input method to the world's most populous country (and one of the most prolific consumers of cellphones to boot) is the answer. Digit Wireless has announced that the Chinese version of the Fastap keypad layout has now been officially blessed by China's "Standard Scheme of Chinese Phonetic Alphabet Input with Universal Keypad" protocol, allowing phones sporting said layout to be sold within the country's borders. The platform apparently makes Pinyin entry and mixed Chinese / English entry a snap, though we're really none the wiser; any Chinese speakers in the house want to chime in on whether the layout makes sense?

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Fastap keypad layout certified for action in China