BlackBerry 10 software keyboard

While RIM has confirmed that it does have plans to manufacture BlackBerry 10 devices with physical keyboards, it doesn't look like the company's first BB10 product will be one of them. A RIM spokesperson today said that the first BlackBerry 10 device will have only a software keyboard. The spokesperson then reiterated that RIM does indeed have plans for phones with physical 'boards, but the only time frame given for such a product's arrival was a vague "in the future."

RIM showed off its BlackBerry 10 software keyboard back at BlackBerry World in May. One of the feature's of the BB10 keyboard is its predictive text, which will show words that the software thinks that the user will want to input next and float them above the first letter in that word. If the user does indeed want to put one of those words into the message, they can swipe up on the first letter to insert the word. It'll be interesting to give the BlackBerry 10 software keyboard a spin for ourselves to see how well the predictive feature works and if it can help speed up the process of pounding out a message. RIM has said that it plans to launch BlackBerry 10 this year, but it has yet to narrow that timeframe any further. 

Via Phone Scoop, Associated Press

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Mohd Afzan
Mohd Afzan Hate blackberry
Ethan Gates
Ethan Gates I hate blackberry anyway. Go Nokia Brick!!
Ethan Gates
Ethan Gates HURRAH!
Ibnul Sharar
Ibnul Sharar No.
Duncan Wynn Jr.
Duncan Wynn Jr. Absolutely not !! Go QWERTY !! :))))
Su Zahir
Su Zahir No way! Blackberry is holding on by a thread; and that thread is their keyboard. Improve the software
Dylan Greene
Dylan Greene BlackBerry should ditch the company for good, even WP7 beats them and I love WP7 but they aren't the best selling devices, but they are deffinatly better than BlackBerry
T Louis Michael
T Louis Michael Yep.
Steven Raabe
Steven Raabe Is everybody forgetting the Blackberry Storm...no physical keyboard
Christopher Michael Hottenstein
Christopher Michael Hottenstein They should atleast have one phone with a physical keyboard on BB10. The physical keyboard is what made blackberry famous. I love the keyboard on my 9900 but they really need to make some software changes.
Brent Legendre
Brent Legendre No
William Priest
William Priest Blackberry should just be ditched or a total revamp of there OS and some new styles
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling Blackberry always made the best keyboards,always will.I love my 9670.screw those wide ass ones
Antoine Everette
Antoine Everette No blackberry should always stay original never change I still have my blackberry I don't use it cuz I have the DROID x 2 but I'll use it if I'm traveling
Spencer Craven
Spencer Craven BlackBerry's are the best because of there keyboard !
L Valerie Thomas
L Valerie Thomas Absolutely NOT
Gerald Mccrae
Gerald Mccrae RIM I have a android but I have to admit ill come back to blackberry in a heart beat If you just improve your software, add more power and keep the dam thing from freezing so much
Yue Wang
Yue Wang What's a blackberry?
Orion Pax
Orion Pax G(RIM) should either make Android phones or WP8 phones. Stop the bullshit.
Rc Cavin
Rc Cavin Hell na. Tats the best feature of blackberrys. the OS is what needs ditched or re did.
Sarri Alsunna
Sarri Alsunna Slide out keyboard
Brian Dingle
Brian Dingle Yes, they changed the game with the physical. Now is time to change wit the fulltouch.
Carson Ash
Carson Ash I think blackberry should ditch blackberry and walk away from the embarrassment
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride No, stay original. They have the best physical keyboard ever made
Luis M Maldonado
Luis M Maldonado I think they should sell the company. Rim is dead
Andrew L. Moss
Andrew L. Moss NO
Matthew J. Garcia
Matthew J. Garcia I hate my Blackberry…physical keyboard or no. WORST PHONE EVER!!!!!!
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Hector you're fucking stupid. Blackberry sucks and that's why RIM is dying a slow painful death.
Connor Henderson
Connor Henderson I think they should ditch it entirely
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores No! That's the signature its what makes Blackberry a Blackberry
Kevonte Smith
Kevonte Smith Reggie lose the board for a bigger screen
Hector Romero
Hector Romero People are fucking stupid. BlackBerry has good phones....why are iphone and android user little fanboys bitches?
Touya Akira
Touya Akira i dont think they should! thats what theyre known for and thats good!
Jan Michael Cruz
Jan Michael Cruz And this is news???
William Hall
William Hall Yes, if they want to make it. But windows phone will take there place.
Kevonte Smith
Kevonte Smith Yes
Ryan Stockdale
Ryan Stockdale Blackberry is still in business??
Victor M Moreno
Victor M Moreno Keep keys and add android
Rick Harris
Rick Harris They should just ditch the blackberry.
Aren Jann
Aren Jann no, its smarter than that :D it should make an either sliding or some sort of an attachable physical keyboard.
Michelle DeRosa
Michelle DeRosa No keyboards are awsome they just need to make the screens bigger
Leo InChul Hwang
Leo InChul Hwang Their virtual keyboard is awesome. I like how it gives you the option to just select the word instead of having to type it all which could save you a lot of time when typing
Michael Behonest Notnice Chambers
Michael Behonest Notnice Chambers MORE OLD NEWS!!!! the sample devices were all full touch screens. They need to cut loses and offer their keyboard in the competitions appstore.
Fuzzylobes Terrence Benjamin
Fuzzylobes Terrence Benjamin Make the keyboard larger.
Dustin Momeni
Dustin Momeni Just ditch blackberry altogether
Mustafa Okur
Mustafa Okur they should just leave the market full stop...
Armando Sanchez
Armando Sanchez No.
Yan Zhenghao
Yan Zhenghao Titanic
P.j. Smith
P.j. Smith YESSSS!!!! its time for the upgrade to the pure touchscreen phone!
Dennis Tirado
Dennis Tirado No!
Joey Weeks
Joey Weeks No way. Blackberry is as big as it is because people know your getting the best keyboard when you buy one
Jakob Jozelj
Jakob Jozelj No...
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial They should just leave the market and take dell, hp, and sony with them.
Reggie Goodwin
Reggie Goodwin No plz no I love my bold and touch sreen I just wish biggfer size screen size

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