Microsoft testing curved Windows Phone keyboard

This is a guest post by William Judd.

Curved keyboard showing on mobile phone screenAccording to a leaked Microsoft Research presentation found by blog WMPowerUser, Microsoft’s research team is working on a curved software keyboard that could added in Windows Phone 8. The curved keyboard, shown in the leaked image above, will be used for one-handed thumb typing and makes use of a similar technique as the popular Swype keyboard for Android.

Larger phones are doubtlessly coming for Windows Phone 8, now that 1280 x 720 and 1280 x 768 resolutions are officially supported. This keyboard could serve well on these larger models, obviating the need for Nokia Lumia 900 accessories like a Bluetooth keyboard.

Microsoft inadvertently revealed that they were working on a “one handed input and next gen soft keyboard” in a Research video last year, so this leak does make a lot of sense. Of course Microsoft have yet to release anything official about keyboard changes in Windows Phone 8, so we’ll have to wait for this leak to be confirmed. Windows Phone 8 is expected to launch this Autumn, so we won’t be kept waiting too long.

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