Windows Phone 8.1 Swype style keyboard shown off on video

Over the past few weeks, we have seen tons of features for Windows Phone 8.1 surface as the SDK and documentation leaked. Along with all of those features, it looks like a new Swype style keyboard will be included with Windows Phone 8.1.

The video below shows convincing evidence that a Swype style keyboard will make its way to Windows Phone 8.1. This type of input allows you to slide your finger across the keyboard to your next letter without the need to lift it off the display and once you master this technique, it allows for faster text input versus conventional typing.

There is another small addition too that will help those of you who love to send emoticons. By typing happy, predictive text can also display an emoticon to help save a few precious keystrokes.

Along with all of the other features, the Windows Phone 8.1 update is turning out to be a significant improvement for the platform. Even though many expect ‘Blue’ to be called Windows Phone 8.1, there are whispers that it could be named Windows Phone 9.

While the latter naming convention seems unlikely as Microsoft likely wants to keep naming parity with its bigger brother, Windows 8.1, considering the wide range of features coming to the platform, it would not be all that surprising if the platform got a bump to 9.

The current expectation is that Microsoft will talk about this update at its BUILD conference that takes place in early April. Seeing that the SDK is in the hands of select developers, work is already underway to build apps that will utilize the new features which means that the launch of the update can not be that far off.

Source and Image Credit: Unleashthephones.com | Thanks for the tip Neils!

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HawkMan said,
both nokia and samsung have apps for that.

Wait, really? What's the Nokia app called? I'm talking grouped tiles like in Windows 8, not folders.

I wish I could install Swype on my Dell Venue 8 Pro. It would then be the ultimate tablet. Right now I keep switching between my Nexus 7 and the Dell tablet.

riot said,
I wish I could install Swype on my Dell Venue 8 Pro. It would then be the ultimate tablet. Right now I keep switching between my Nexus 7 and the Dell tablet.
Yes! I'd love to have swype in Win8 too!

What I'd like to see is some of the Windows 8.1 keyboard features added as well, like "flick up" to access numbers without having to switch over to the numbers view. Things like that.

pmbAustin said,
What I'd like to see is some of the Windows 8.1 keyboard features added as well, like "flick up" to access numbers without having to switch over to the numbers view. Things like that.

To access numbers and symbols quickly you can tap and hold the symbols button and drag your finger to the symbol you want.

Heartripper said,

To access numbers and symbols quickly you can tap and hold the symbols button and drag your finger to the symbol you want.

That's exactly the problem. It behaves differently on W8 and WP8. There's no reason for it. You could understand differences due to size constraints but this is just different design choices.

Thanks for trying to help though

dopydope said,

That's exactly the problem. It behaves differently on W8 and WP8. There's no reason for it. You could understand differences due to size constraints but this is just different design choices.

Thanks for trying to help though

I agree on that point, they should be consistent.

pmbAustin said,
What I'd like to see is some of the Windows 8.1 keyboard features added as well, like "flick up" to access numbers without having to switch over to the numbers view. Things like that.
Yes, and I'd also love to have a Swype-like keyboard for Win8. That was the first thing I missed when I used my Surface for the first time, because it's second nature to me on my Galaxy Tab. So much faster than lifting the finger between each keystroke.

I've been using Swype for nearly 3 years now. It's much faster. You can type whole paragraphs in a third of the time than if you were to type using individual letters. Everyone I show it to is really impressed by how quickly AND accurately it actually works.

j2006 said,
I don't really see the point of swipe, but really glad it's there for people that wanted it. :-)

I'm guessing it's useful for faster texting or typing on the phone.

aviator189 said,

I'm guessing it's useful for faster texting or typing on the phone.

That's not my experience when trying it on Android, but I guess I'll see when it comes to my Lumia

What Android do you have? I have to admit Swpye was a bit laggy at times on older Android 2.3 phones but it's really quite smooth on my Nexus 5 (and previous HTC One X+).

j2006 said,

That's not my experience when trying it on Android, but I guess I'll see when it comes to my Lumia

IMO it is not a matter of devices; swipe was available on WM and I saw people entering text very easily and fast; I tried to learn how to use it... quite unsuccessfully so I gave up.

Cool! btw, how come these things are leaking in India? This one is frm India, Nokia X said to be distributed to devs there, some Xperia top devs are getting leaks. Wonder how? All these OEMs r behind them?