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BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard
A keyboard with smarts
One new feature that could bring BlackBerry 10 handsets up to speed with smartphone rivals is a new virtual keyboard with a nifty word-prediction system that gets smarter the more you use it.
In order to make the system more accurate, it scans emails and messages to learn the way in which you talk and to see which words are most often used. Start typing, and the keyboard will pop up predictions for the current and next words. If the suggested word is correct, you simply swipe up across the keyboard.
Using the system felt very natural and quick in testing. As it promises to provide more accurate predictions over time, it's a very worthwhile addition to the platform.
Vivek Bhardwaj, head of RIM's software portfolio team, assured ZDNet UK that all fluency data crunching is done on the device and is based on pattern recognition, rather than sending data off to remote servers for analysis, thereby avoiding obvious privacy concerns.
RIM reportedly doesn't plan to include a hardware keyboard in the first device running BlackBerry 10, expected later this year. Despite this, it is keeping true to QWERTY-loving fans and has promised to eventually deliver the OS on devices that do include physical keyboards.
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