Microsoft’s iPhone keyboard has a slick one-hand mode

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Microsoft's iOS keyboard has a one-hand mode.
Microsoft's iOS keyboard has a one-hand mode.
Photo: The Verge

The other day, we learned that Microsoft’s next app would be an iOS keyboard called Word Flow. But today, we can do one better. We can show you what it looks like running on an iPhone! And it turns out to have a really cool mode for one-handed texting.

Word Flow, unless you’re unaware, is one of the highlights of Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. It doesn’t try to do anything too crazy for a keyboard, but even so, Word Flow has a great autocorrect algorithm, some fantastic Swype-style word tracing, and so on. It’s probably the best default keyboard in the business: the only problem is you’ve got to have a Windows Phone to use it.

Microsoft is looking to remedy that, though. And when they move Word Flow to iOS, it’ll have at least one new feature, according to a preview of the software over at The Verge. Unlike the Windows version of the keyboard, it looks like the iOS version will have a curved one-handed mode that arcs the keyboard around the iPhone’s lower corners, allowing you to easily text one-handed. You access the mode by tapping a curved arrow on the bottom of the screen.

It’s a cool solution that looks like it’s pretty easy to use, and is certainly better than many other one-handed texted solutions we’ve seen. We’re eager to try it, and according to the Verge, we shouldn’t have to wait too long: it should land sometime in the next few months.

Source: The Verge