Microsoft’s keyboard in Windows Phone is really solid, and we’ve really enjoyed using it ever since Windows Phone was first introduced to the market. There’s one problem, however, it’s that the keyboard still takes up such a large chunk of the screen – something it doesn’t have to – as Windows Phone devices adopt higher-resolution displays. It made sense years ago, but there’s no reason the keyboard should consume as much real estate as it does on a device like the Lumia 1520. Microsoft may have an option to fix that.
According to a leaked screenshot obtained by Techrum.vn, Windows Phone 8.1 may offer a more compact keyboard option – one that doesn’t eat up as much of your screen. That means there’s more room for viewing content in an email, in a text message, or while entering in a web address. That said, we hope there’s still an option for the full-sized keyboard, since a lot of folks actually like having all that room to type on, especially when it comes to drafting longer emails. Also, the keyboard in the shot above looks too cramped, and we imagine you’d have to be rather deliberate in each key tap to be accurate.
Microsoft should cover all of the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 during its BUILD developer conference in April. Whether or not this ends up making the cut is still up for debate, but there should be at least some tweaks that make the keyboard more manageable on higher-res displays.