BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has given a glimpse of the features in its new smart virtual keyboard, which it hinted could be coming in its next handset release.
BlackBerry 10's virtual keyboard software predicts the next word. Image credit: RIM
"I tried my hand at banging out a few messages and I often found myself staring right at the word sitting on the tip of my tongue. It's honestly an uncanny feeling, almost as if the device was reading my mind," ZDNet UK's sister site CNET said in a hands-on review.
The software also has a lot of gesture support, allowing users to swipe to the side to delete a word, and with other swipes to change layout or keyboard options.
In a keynote speech unveiling BlackBerry 10 for developers, RIM's chief executive Thorsten Heins hinted that the touch keyboard will appear in the BlackBerry 10 devices expected later this year, rather than the physical QWERTY keypads seen in other of its handsets.
"Typing really matters to our BlackBerry users," Heins said, according to News.com. "So how do we make the best keypad on the market even better on BlackBerry 10? This new keypad saves you time even on full touch BlackBerry."
For a look at the keyboard in action, take a look at the YouTube video showing what the BlackBerry World audience saw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPYYo0-gfc