1) there won’t be a T9 system, that has become the standard in many phones.
2) There won’t be evolution of trying to cram in a full fledged keyboard and text input into a physical device that is mobile.
3) We wouldn’t evolve on the T9 system beyond the keypress-on-a-physical-switch system. BUT KEYBOARDS DO MATTER. IT REALLY DOES. Because if keyboards don’t matter, nothing would have evolved. But the fact is, keyboards do matter, and people are always on the hunt for the keyboards they want.
1) Ask the iPhone users, and you’ll see some people willing to go all the way to make their devices insecure, vulnerable, and potentially damaging them and their wallet (obviously) just to get a different keyboard on their iPhones. Typo, anyone? To which my friend here has a good post about it.
and while we’re at it, a refresher: Google “Octopus Keyboard”, and be reminded of the hillarity that iPhone’s keyboard was supposed to be the best keyboard, needs no additions / changes, bla bla bla bla. Then read all the reddit, the posts, etc. Because Apple clearly hasn’t got the best keyboard.
2) Ask an Android user, and you’ll see the plethora of ‘choices’. Yes, I used the ” ‘ ” sign. “Choices”. As in choices that will screw you over, and over, and over, and over again. Keyboards that can be customized to your needs, but in actuality no different than a keylogger (technically) and what you type gets sold to advertisers. And they live and swear by their existence. Sold ya souls, sold ya self’s.
3) Windows Phone users, they’ll be jumping high and down like proverbial monkeys on banana high. The latest Windows 8.1 gives a swype-like keyboard, and they all went aping (literally) about how that keyboard is the fastest keyboard, only to be broken in less than 24 hours by a BlackBerry 10 user.
See the video here.
By BlackBerryCzech (Officially, the fastest world record is held by Fleksy at 18 seconds, but the video will show you what you can do with a BlackBerry 10 keyboard, single-thumb-ly, in 14 seconds. ) Then the monkeys shut up and cry foul. Yes. I’ve probably wrote that BlackBerry keyboards are in many ways better than the keyboard you’re using on your miserable device (don’t worry, I have an Asus Zenfone 5 and the keyboard’s pretty miserable as well, although its more bearable than many other keyboards for Android out there). You just have to ask, and users of phones will have to bear with the crappy keyboard on their consumption-driven devices. Because while you can be a consumer that consumerism wants you to be via your BlackBerry, BlackBerry keyboards were not designed to be consumer-oriented. Let’s go back down the memory lane, just for a bit.
A QUICK REVIEW OF KEYBOARDS THAT BLACKBERRY IMPLEMENTED ON THEIR PREVIOUS DEVICES
1. The early BlackBerry devices were pagers. It meant receiving and sending messages that had to be different from the phones (not your average mobile phones found in 2014, mind you) and be able to stay connected.
2. When BlackBerry evolved into full fledged phones (instead of being pagers) the design for they keyboards evolved.
3. BlackBerry’s first full touch keyboard device was the BlackBerry Storm.
4. BlackBerry’s first full hybrid keyboard device was the BlackBerry Torch 9800
5. BlackBerry’s first full capacitative physical keyboard device is going to be the BlackBerry Passport (code name Windermere) some notes to ponder
A. BlackBerry had a full T9 keyboard phone under the name “BlackBerry Pearl 9105”.
B. BlackBerry also released a compact keyboard phone under the name “BlackBerry Pearl 9100”.
C. Interestingly, the Storm and the Torch 9800 had options for a “compact” keyboard, which is called “Suretype”, which is the virtualized version of the keyboard in the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 design. However, to my best knowledge it has not appeared in any BlackBerry 10 devices. and that’s it (not the end of the article though).
SO WHAT HAPPENS TO THE KEYBOARD GAME?
Many people wouldn’t be surprised about the Typo 2 announcement which again, my friend had covered here.
And just like how the IBM-APPLE news, this only validates the fact that people who use iPhone for consumption actually do and will pay for a physical keyboard for their iPhone (despite the iSheeps’ continuous bleeting about how their keyboard is the best since it doesn’t need any changes, etc) and it validates that BLACKBERRY’s research into keyboards do matter in delivering the best user experience when they are using their mobile devices. Because there’s a thief here that somehow decides to again, alter a design of keyboard that they have stolen and try to market them again. Yes, they were barred in the USA but they sell, and they sell well outside of the USA. So keyboards will evolve. It isn’t just the designs or how its made, it is an evolution. People have been looking into everything. Fold-able keyboards, virtual keyboards that will bulge and react like real physical keyboards, hybrid keyboards, touch-enabled physical keyboards, mechanical keyboards, etc. The evolution of it all continues. In fact in many Apple user’s pipe dreams were about hologram keyboard (which turned out only to be a rendering and lots of CGI-ing, instead of a real product) shows that there is room for keyboards of any kind to grow and develop. Including physical keyboards. And BlackBerry will continue to offer more devices with different kinds of keyboards because keyboard design is in the DNA of each and every BlackBerry iteration. Because keyboards enables a person to create content. and have you heard about BlackBerry Messenger Channels? If you have not, read this.
I personally love a channel where there is this one Tolkien/LOTR-buff posts a lot about the world of Tolkien/LOTR. And it was highly engaging too. Of course with a BlackBerry keyboard, you’re in a better position to reply and create new content, instead of deferring a response just because you have a lousy keyboard on your devices. In my case, I can ask my question, without even bothering to go through the question “can my thumbs survive typing on this device’s keyboard”, because there is no such thing on a BlackBerry keyboard. And just for giggles, I’m sure you’ve seen this picture.
I know BlackBerry users have, and can, and would. No hesitation. So why would you spend your time trying to find a better keyboard, when all you need to do is just buy a BlackBerry and save yourself from the quagmire of trying to make useless toy into a proper productivity mobile device? (by the time you spent all that money, you’re better off just buying a BlackBerry and use it out of the box, and you’ll be happier that you’re not being easily spied on nor your works get leaked to competition) Yes, a BlackBerry isn’t for everyone, but if you choose to produce, then a BlackBerry does it better. Securely and privately too!