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RIM shows off the BlackBerry 10 soft keyboard

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RIM shows off the BlackBerry 10 soft keyboard
With the announcement of BlackBerry 10 coming relatively soon, now is the time for RIM to show off what the platform can do, and today we're seeing a video of Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of Software Portfolio for BlackBerry showing off BlackBerry 10′s touchscreen keyboard.

In the video, Bhardwaj shows off how RIM made sure that they keyboard looks like a classic BlackBerry keyboard with the white letters on black background, edge-to-edge design, and even virtual ridges between keys to make it look more like its physical keyboard ancestor. The virtual ridges made us think of that tech we saw last year (and which was supposedly due to hit devices within a year), which can make a touchscreen feel like different textures. It would be pretty nice to see that come around soon, and given RIM's history with physical keyboards, we wouldn't be surprised to see the company try to use it to make a soft keyboard feel more real.

On the feature side, the keyboard has the standard ability to learn words based on what you type, but the more interesting features are on the side of inference rather than prediction. First, the keyboard can infer when you need spaces, so you never really need to use the space key. Also, the keyboard will supposedly be able to infer when you are changing languages and make sure it is checking spelling and adding accents properly.

The video shows some pretty cool features, although we're not sure that it will be enough to convert those users who are still married to physical keyboards. No word on how it all works when tapped with a fingernail, which should be a concern given that a high proportion of BB users are female (over 50% as of last year). 

source: BlackBerry via BGR

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posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:13 1

1. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Sounds dumb, but that space feature is much needed. I always have a b in place of a space using my Note 2.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 16:24 10

2. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


How do you mess up on something that big?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 23:23

11. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


s**t happens

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 04:44 1

14. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


now tell me who's dumb the user or the note 2?

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 17:10 2

3. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Or you could download swiftkey on android.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 17:53 13

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2669; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Which isn't really an option if someone chooses to buy a BlackBerry...

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:54 4

7. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


And no one is buying blackberry anymore

posted on 17 Dec 2012, 09:23

17. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


Blackberry WHO?

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 02:33

18. miles16852 (Posts: 208; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


WRONG!!!!

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 15:33

16. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


I have to agree with you there. Still, swiftkey is miles ahead of this keyboard

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:52 2

6. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Who's talking about android? Its about blackberry and swift key is a app, something NOT built into android .

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:48 2

5. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


Consumers do not wait!

Release the Kraken as soon as possible! But I think it may be too late...

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:55 2

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Too late rim... Too late

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:35

9. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


while larger screens are nice, everyone i know who has loved BB always stuck with them due to the HW keyboard, not sure how RIM is going to persuade new users here with legacy items finally disappearing

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 22:18 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5737; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yeah, the devices that RIM released without a physical keyboard were utter failures. In fact I have managed to forget their model numbers, they were such a failure. The BB owners I know (as well as former BB owners) are/were in love with the physical keyboards on the BBs. I wonder how well the touch-only BBs will do. If they tank, that could bias buyers against the BBs with physical keyboards that are scheduled for release a few months later.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 23:26

12. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Just got to mess with a Dev Alpha B device and the keyboard is pretty good. Can't wait to try the Dev of the physical keyboard.

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 00:14

13. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


this keyboard will not work in indonesia

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 08:14

15. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Awesome but I fear it's to late :(

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