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Well, that did not last long.  A mere few months after the new Windows Phone World Flow keyboard secured the title of the fastest soft keyboard in the world a Brazilian 16 year old has managed to type the special sentence a 1/3 second faster on the Flesky keyboard on Android. Marcel Fernandes typed out the 25-word paragraph “The razor-toothed…

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I complained a week ago about the inability to swipe to punctuate in Windows Phone 8.1 It turns out the Windows Phone 8 keyboard itself has a rather great swiping trick which is now much more relevant in Windows Phone 8.1. It turns out pressing and holding on the punctuation switch button and then sliding to the punctuation key you…

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Amongst the numerous changes in Windows Phone 8.1 is the strange movement of the comma key from the first level keyboard to the special characters, which apparently occurs when  multiple  keyboards are installed. It turns out fortunately this is an easy change to reverse. Simply go to Settings -> Keyboard –> Advanced  and check Show a comma key when available. Besides those…

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With screen sizes only increasing, the fact that the Windows Phone soft keyboard still takes up half the screen is rather ridiculous. An update to the leaked Windows Phone 8.1 SDK just pushed out however reveals a new low-profile keyboard  which only takes up 20% of the screen height, and drops the rarely used emoticon key and also the word…

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Sampler is a new drumpad and keyboard app for WP8. Tap out a drum beat on the adjustable drum pads or multi-touch keyboard. Thirty free sounds are included with 18 drum machine style sounds and 12 synth sounds. Also included are: Pitch and Volume Bend Reverb and Echo Effects Two octave keyboard (Split between Low and High) Volume and Pitch…

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While the Windows Phone keyboard is pretty great and has been lauded by many, there is still a lot of room for innovation, as the above video shows. The Minuum keyboard improves your touchscreen typing by reducing the size of the keyboard, leaving more room for content, and relies on auto-correction, while allowing users to continue using their muscle memory…

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The Windows Phone 7 keyboard received much praise, and Microsoft intended to improve on this in Windows Phone 8. They introduced Wordflow, which looks not just at a single word, but at a series of words to provide more accurate word prediction.  Microsoft says they surveyed a dictionary of 2.5 billion words built from Wikipedia and Twitter scraping, and selected…

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Wordflow is a new feature of the Windows Phone 8 keyboard, where keyboard would suggest a whole word which it feels is appropriate, such as “move” after “Bust a”.  The keyboard actually learns from your typing, and if one agrees to, will upload your typing pattern to Microsoft to make the system more accurate. The system allows one to write…

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