Windows Phone 8.1 SDK updated, shows low-profile keyboard

Windows Phone 8.1 SDK updated, shows low-profile keyboard
The Windows Phone on-screen keyboard is one of the best in the business, no doubt about that. It does take up a considerable amount of screen real estate though, even on the big screened Lumia 1520.

Microsoft sent out an update to the SDK for Windows Phone 8.1 and it reveals a new set of features as it relates to handling text input. Among those goodies is a new low-profile keyboard.

The new layout appears to take about half the normal space of the standard keyboard. To achieve this, obviously smaller keys are used, but the word-suggestion bar disappears with it and the emoticon key is sacrificed as well.  Also gone is the action bar with which one would execute a command to send or save a given message or document.

That last part leads us to wonder if this is a feature that will be available in every use case for Windows Phone 8.1 or if it would be usable in certain parts only.  The slide of information outlining the text handling controls focuses on how developers can present information within their apps and how it can be formatted.  Or, simply it could be just an image used in the presentation and the keyboard is not representative of anything at all.

Like with any SDK that is supposed to be kept unreleased and confidential, we can expect clarification and changes going forward. Assuming that a new keyboard becomes available (as an option anyway), what do you think?


sources: Techrum.vn via WMPoweruser

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15 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nice improvement.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Huge improvement too.

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I disagree. The current, elongated, keys allow for correction of vertical mistouches. The new keyboard looks like you'll need to be very accurate while typing. Current Keyboard is one area i can't complain on Windows Phone. But looks like they'll degrade that too.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

and you act like you wont have a choice? I highly doubt there is not one person at MS who doesn't have big fingers that stood up and said "Ummm do both thanks..." what makes you think they will just 'throw' the code away for the normal keyboard?

10. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"I highly doubt there is not one person at MS who doesn't have big fingers that stood up and said "Ummm do both thanks..." I highly doubt it if there's one such person at Microsoft. "what makes you think they will just 'throw' the code away for the normal keyboard?" We're talking about Microsoft.

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes MS, while things have been depreciated usually things don't go away. We can talk start button, but even on the windows 8 and 8.1 desktops, there is more than one keyboard option to choose from. If Phone and RT are truly on a full collision course (seeing how both is ARM architecture), then it would make sense that 'alternate' keyboards are a reality. Thinks like the 1520 will benefit, while things like the 925 wont need it. As the convergence of 6in to 7 and 8in comes so much closer, it is only a duh. I would put your IQ up against nearly anyone at MS all day and watch them run circles around you. After all you are the one who choose a nokia 521, with a gun to your head, and didn't have the cash to pull off a Moto G or even a Prism II or a refurbed S2/S3....

12. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"I would put your IQ up against nearly anyone at MS all day and watch them run circles around you." My IQ isn't anything great, but looking at Windows Phone, their creation, i highly doubt it. Heck, They can't even run circles around YOU. "After all you are the one who choose a nokia 521" I have an 820, but i wouldn't blame you for mistaking. They all run on the monotonous, horrible, Windows Phone 8 OS. "with a gun to your head" People such as yourself said it smelt rosy. I bought it up to my face to smell it, and it turned out to be a gun. "and didn't have the cash to pull off a Moto G or even a Prism II or a refurbed S2/S3...." Even if i wasn't able to afford those, are you mocking me for for my financial capacity?

2. papss unregistered

I agree with the current keyboard being one of the best..not sure if I would want it any smaller though

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I would love this smaller keyboard, atleast i give it a try. Can't wait for April 2, and the months thereafter !!! Roll the damn Windows update Phone 8.1 out !!

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Wp8.1 gonna be huge blast of features. I can't wait too and specially for next Nokia event 19 April.

7. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

My 920 and upcoming baby/beast of a 1520 are ready to update !!!

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Spell checker?

13. Apostolis_Vlv

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

I don't like it because it is very small; but who knows; maybe it is a good improvement!

14. joulian34

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

guys don't be ridicules! smaller keyboard will be for big screen phones (phablets) like the 1520! not for all windows phones

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I love the current keyboard... typing was a lot better on my Lumia than on my Nexus! And the space it took up was OK with me, not like other platforms are much larger or smaller

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