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RIM will be launching its next generation software Blackberry 10 as well as two smartphones running the software on the 30th of January. Before the event kicks off, the Canadian firm has demoed how easy it is to use the touchscreen keyboard.
On RIM’s official blog, Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of Software Portfolio at RIM, said in a video interview, “We’ve really played close attention to make it look and feel like a BlackBerry keyboard.”
The virtual keyboard is designed just like the company’s trademark black keys with white frets in between them. He said, “You have a look at each key. It’s kind of maximized edge-to-edge.”
The new keyboard features on Blackberry 10 comes with a predictive vocabulary that will make it easier to get the message through. Word suggestions are shown on the keys. All that you have to do to add the predicted word is to make a simple swipe-to-type gesture. Unlike the keyboard on the iPhone 5, it doesn’t pester you with a small ‘X’ button.
Bhardwaj says, “When it comes to next-word suggestions, they’re personalized with your own vocabulary.”
The keyboard on Blackberry 10 takes typing to a whole new level with predictive spacing. Bhardwaj says, “When rushing out and typing a lot of words, and you miss that space key, with BlackBerry 10 we recognize that.” This means you never have to worry about spacing. All you have to do now is type away.
He adds, “The largest key on the keyboard is space, but [on touch] it’s something that we miss very often just because of the speed we’re typing at.
“When you type two, three, even four words, and you’ve missed the space, you don’t stop, you don’t need to look back. We’ll correct all of that for you and you just continue typing.”
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The Korean tech giant Samsung has just confirmed to rolling out a firmware update for their smartphone/tablet the Galaxy Note. The update will bring enhancements to the device’s virtual keyboard.
The OTA (over-the-air) update is now available for download across Europe including the UK. Once your Galaxy Note has been updated, you will notice the shifting of the device’s keyboard to the right of the display. Since the Note sports a bigger 5.3 inch display compared to other devices such as the 4.65 inch display on the Galaxy Nexus, its size will make it more difficult to type with one hand. With this keyboard enhancement, users will now find it easier to type with just one thumb.
Aside from the virtual keyboard’s new screen position, users will notice an additional row. Numbers will be found on this new row.
Other enhancements include slight changes to the screen unlock functionality. Also included is an application called Samsung torch, which allows users to use the Note’s screen as a flashlight.
Unfortunately, this update will not roll out to all Galaxy Notes across Europe. It will only be available for unlocked versions. If you signed up for a contract, it might take longer since network operators have to test the update if it is compatible with their own network-specific software, which could take months.
If you’ve been looking for a slide out QWERTY keyboard, but don’t want to throw out your iPhone 4, the popular Apple smartphone now comes with a keyboard accessory.
With this accessory, iPhone 4 users can finally make their friends on handsets like the Blackberry Torch shut up. The accessory is actually a case for the smartphone. However, the new case makes the handset bulky, bumping up the thickness to 20 mm.
Despite the extra weight and thickness, there are a number of advantages to be gained from the slide out keyboard accessory. This keyboard will be better for text messaging, email, IMs, and documents.
How does this keyboard connect to the iPhone 4? The connection is done via Bluetooth. Don’t worry about the accessory eating up juice from the phone’s battery. It comes with its own battery, which charges via USB on your computer or an AC adapter.
This accessory is now available in Japan. However, we are unsure if it will be available in the UK. You can get the accessory through Amazon for 9980 Yen. This converts to £77.00.
If you’re not into a keyboard that slides out from under, there is another accessory that you might like. The Boxwave’s Keyboard Buddy is another option you can make use of. It slides out from the side of the smartphone.