More BlackBerry 10 Leaks: Software-Assisted Hardware Keyboards
The stream of newly-leaked BlackBerry 10 materials continues to keep flowing, and N4BB’s got yet another leaked slide that appears to be from the same set of RIM documents we got to look at earlier. This time, we get to take a look at how RIM plans to use hardware QWERTY keyboards in concert with on-screen touch input.
The system RIM puts forth here is pretty straightforward; users will see a limited version of BB10’s full virtual keyboard when working on a device like one in the recently-revealed N-series. That on-screen display will offer word suggestions, saving you a few keystrokes, as well as provide options for entering extended character sets and commands. RIM suggests that this menu won’t always be present, so there may be a way to quickly toggle it on and off from within apps.
The document also seems to confirm that there are no plans for any BB10 model with a trackpad for input, relying solely upon the touchscreen’s sensor. Maybe we’ll see one on an unannounced BB10 model someday, but the language RIM uses here does appear to suggest that the company has moved on.
We’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing even more of these BlackBerry 10 leaks soon enough.