Downloadable Text Suggestions coming with Windows Phone 8

Lately there have been nothing if not many videos showing off the new Lumia 920. And getting so much footage of the great new phones also sheds some light on the new operating system that's coming with them: Windows Phone 8.

In one of the latest videos, where a guy uses a fork to navigate around the phone, we can clearly see a brand new feature of the OS: downloadable text suggestions. In case you missed it you can find the whole video here.

Text suggestions are those words that form when you start typing, and that you can insert into your message. All modern smartphones have this feature and it can be really useful and save you some time.  However most phones offer this ability only when typing in English.

The fact that Microsoft will offer these downloadable packages is pretty great for everyone. For one thing, you will only have to download the one you need instead of having the OS bundled with lots of these packs that eat up your memory. And more importantly, it will permit many more users to enjoy the feature even if they aren't writing in English.

So is this something to get really excited about? I'm guessing it depends on how much typing you do on your phone, how much you actually use this feature, and whether or not your language will be supported. Even though it isn't anything major it will definitely be useful to many people.

Source: WPCentral

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My wife is trying to get us on a family plan at AT&T. Me personally, I would rather wait until the Lumia 920 is out before we switch, but that means I will be waiting until November :-(.

Tarazena said,
I wonder if wp8 have an Arabic keyboard

It does . They announced new languages before and language packs.

S_Herbie said,
Why the fork? Is this a dig at Android?

No it's to show off how super sensitive the Lumia 920's touch display is. It can be used when wearing gloves, with long fingernails, or with literally any normal pen. No other smartphone can do this.

Dont know why the article don't mention this, it's a very important and innovative feature IMO.

Video > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQwzYtKSBD0

Edited by NoClipMode, Sep 28 2012, 12:56pm :

TheDisneyMagic said,
Hopefully this means they can update the language packs as well, so new words can be added.

I hope for this. My problem with Windows Phone 7 at the moment is that even though I have word completion for my language, the language pack is only ever updated at the release of a new update to the operating system, and it still lacks a lot of words in my language.

People jumped the gun when these leaked videos of the SDK emulator hit the web and didn't show anything big and new we didn't know about. The word is that the build in the preview SDK ISN"T final and I expect it's also either missing the code for the features or they're just locked down tight in the emulator.

Waiting sucks but I expect to see a good amount of new features revealed in late October.