Microsoft is reported to be working on the iOS version of its popular Word Flow keyboard that would include a unique arrangement of the keys facilitating one-handed typing operations.
While most mobile keyboards come with the feature that allows keys to be shifted to one side to facilitate typing with one hand, what has caught the attention of the geeks is the way the iOS version of the Word Flow keyboard is laid out.
The keys radiate out from the bottom left or right edge of the display to be arranged in a series of concentric circles which makes all the keys to be within reach at all times.
Apart from the way the keys are arranged radially, the rest of the details with the World Flow keyboard are almost identical to its Windows Phone counterpart. It includes means to access word suggestions, emoji and so on.
It’s still a work in progress thing, though, but the fan-like layout should be unique in that even the Word Flow keyboard available for Windows phones does not include such a feature. The Windows version that made its debut with Windows Phone 8.1 is a standard QWERTY keyboard that shifts along either side as per user preference.
The Word Flow keyboard still has its advantages in that it enables fast typing by allowing users to slide over the keys much like what Swype came to be known for. So much that it even earned Word Flow a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest texting keyboard. That the crown didn’t last long is a different thing – being overthrown by Flesky not long thereafter – what remains undeniable is the ease of operation that the World Flow keyboard came to signify.
Currently in its Beta testing phase, there is no word though as to when the keyboard will debut on the Apple platform. However, an Android version is almost a surety thereafter.
Keyboard apps that allowed for one-handed operations became more sought after Apple launched the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, it’s biggest ever with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display respectively. Samsung and LG, which had been in the phablet market for much longer already, offer such keyboards that shift to one side right out of the box. Similar apps that offer one-handed operation on the iPhone include Fleksy and Minuum.