Microsoft may be testing special arched keyboard for WP 8
| by Karan Shah |
Microsoft has introduced a slew of new features for the to-be-launched Windows Phone 8, most of which have been talked about quite a lot. However, one feature that may have slipped under the radar might be a new type of keyboard that the company has been testing. According to reports, the new keyboard has a curved feel that facilitates typing with one hand. This special arched keyboard surfaced due to a leaked Microsoft Research presentation and appears to be a one-handed soft keyboard for Windows Phone 8 that Microsoft has been testing for a while now. As can be seen from the image, the entire keyboard is slightly arched with a lot of keys grouped together; looks pretty interesting! It's still not known if users have to swipe around the keys or simply type as on a normal keyboard, but the look is pretty interesting so far.
Mobile operating systems these days are primarily designed for touchscreens and don't always succeed in delivering a great typing experience. The cheaper the phone, the lower the touchscreen quality. Typing becomes irksome due to constricted onscreen keyboards, minute buttons, accidental presses and so on. Platforms such as Android have keyboard alternatives developed by third-party app developers. As of now, there are no official alternate keyboard add-ons announced for Windows Phone 8, but Microsoft appears to be doing the best it can to make the typing experience as good as possible.
Microsoft's recently announced Windows Phone 8 sports a complete bouquet of features:
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