Although Windows Phone already has a solid software keyboard, improvements never hurt. Windows Phone 8.1 will reportedly bring a swipe keyboard to the platform according to this video of the leaked software.


When Windows Phone 8.1 arrives in the next few months, it could bring a faster typing experience. UnleashThePhones shared a video on Tuesday showing the updated keyboard that lets users type by swiping across keys, only lifting a finger at the end of each word.

The video, which I found via The Verge, doesn’t show any close-up images, but you can clearly see a blue line between keys when swiping to different characters. The keyboard appears similar to both Swype and SwiftKey, which have long been popular keyboard replacements on Android devices.

This addition to the Windows Phone keyboard will certainly be a welcome improvement, but after using Windows Phone for the past two years, I’m quite happy with the current software keyboard. As a default, I think it’s better than the keyboards on both Android and iOS, although on Android, of course, users have always had the option of using a third-party keyboard.

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  1. Every article this guy writes is pathetic. ‘Android already did this. Android already did that..’
    Grow up fan-boi. you are meant to be an impartial tech journo ffs.

    1. Are my statements factually incorrect or am I making a reasonable observation?

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