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With Blackberry PRIV update, users can now type by swiping

With Blackberry PRIV update, users can now type by swiping

Blackberry says it has updated the keyboard features on its PRIV to let users type even more efficiently by swiping.

The company says that since the launch of its PRIV last November, users have demanded for extended keyboard features in addition to the already embedded features such as swiping to access the symbol picker, swiping to delete words, flicking to accept suggested words and the use of swiping gestures on the slider keyboard.

So, by popular demand, the tech company says the latest keyboard update which works not just on the touch screen, but on the slider keyboard as well, brings another gesture to PRIV.

Front View of Blackberry PRIV
Front View of Blackberry PRIV

The latest keyboard update now enable users to enjoy faster one-handed typing. Blackberry explains that when typing, instead of lifting the finger and pressing individual keys, simply slide the finger between keys to form words. Also, between words, slide the finger to the spacebar, or lift the finger and the auto prediction will take care of the rest.

According to Blackberry, Type by Swiping is one of the new PRIV features bundled with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update which is also available on PRIV devices running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop simply by updating the Blackberry Keyboard through Google Play.

To turn on the new keyboard update, Blackberry says users should follow these steps:

-Swipe down from the top of the screen once with two fingers or twice with one finger.

-Tap “settings” followed by “Language and Input” followed by “BlackBerry Keyboard Settings” followed by “Type by swiping”.

-Turn on the Touch-screen Keyboard or the Physical Keyboard switch.

The tech company notes that the Type by Swiping feature is not on by default because the company wants users to be able to choose.

When Type by Swiping is turned on, the other keyboard gestures such as swipe for symbols and swipe to delete are turned off, since the keyboard gestures and the movements that users make when they swipe to create word are very similar, Blackberry states, adding that for future updates, it is looking into ways to distinguish between different gestures with more certainty so that users can use both with ease.




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Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng

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