Update to BlackBerry Priv keyboard app brings swipe to type feature

Update to BlackBerry Priv keyboard app brings swipe to type feature
An update to the BlackBerry Priv's keyboard app brings with it a feature that is commonly found on other Android QWERTYs, and is now available for the Priv. The update allows Priv users to swipe to type using both the virtual QWERTY on the phone's screen, and the physical QWERTY found under the display. To turn on swiping, simply follow the following steps.

Go to Settings > Language and Input > BlackBerry Keyboard Settings > Tap on Type by swiping. You can then toggle on the feature for either the virtual keyboard, the physical keyboard, or both.

Just a quick word to the wise. If you do enable the swiping feature for the physical QWERTY, you will no longer have the ability to swipe back to delete words. Also, you will no longer be able to swipe up on the touchscreen to see symbols.

Depending on your typing skills, you just might find using the swiping feature to be a faster and easier way to type. If you own the Priv and have never used swipe to type before, you just might want to give it a shot. If you don't like it, you can always toggle the feature off.

source: Crackberry

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1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice! I love how BlackBerry brings new features to the PRIV with their app updates. And enabling Swipe "typing" on a physical keyboard is quite innovative! The only thing I don't like about enabling the swipe "typing" on either keyboard is that you lose the ability to erase texts by swiping from right to left, you lose the ability to "flick" up a chosen word onto the screen, and you lose the ability to summon the symbols and numbers by swiping down from the top of the physical keyboard. Hopefully, this will all be addressed in a near-future update of the BlackBerry Keyboard.

3. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Meanest, being a big BB fan, do you own this phone? I'm wondering if there are any good cases for it or if it's hard to find a good, protective one like it is for the Galaxy edge phones. My wife always manages to have something malfunction on her phones, probably due to drops (with case and everything)!

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep! I own a PRIV. There a plenty of cases for it on Amazon's website, and BlackBerry's website has a few good ones as well. I currently use a Seidio case they I got from Amazon on my PRIV, the one with the kickstand in the back. Keeps the phone well-protected.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I got the Seidio case too, it's well designed for the slider and as Meanest said, it protects it very well.

10. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Thanks, that looks like it protects the screen edge pretty good (impossible to get with an S7 edge case which always leave those edges vulnerable in falls). Although, it IS kind of pricey for an Amazon case. I never really spend more than $10-15 on one from Spigen or Cruzerlite, and I've never had my phone break or crack (except for my S3 which fell screen first onto the corner of my sink, after which I learned about tempered glass protectors).

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

Anytime, my friend.

2. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Swiping on a physical keyboard? That must be amazing! I might get this phone for my wife when it drops another hundred bucks.

7. ananthu07 unregistered

A doubt, how is that different from swiping on the touch screen keyboard. Pressing buttons, make sense on physical keyboard. Swiping, why?

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22802; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why ask why in the face of innovation? It's an awesome feature for a smartphone to have.

9. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Because with this I wouldn't have to cover half the screen with a touch screen keyboard to use the swipe feature.

12. ananthu07 unregistered

fair enough :)

6. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Priv with the recent Marshmallow update is much much better, especially battery life improved tremendously, BB should focus alot on Marketing esp. In different regions of the world like here in middle east where they once were No.1

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