1. peacefulberry's Avatar
    I'm one of the ones that didn't upgrade to 8.1 dp, so I rely on your descriptions and opinions alot. I want to know if the 8.1 keyboard is smarter at word prediction. It seems as though the current 8.0 keyboard isn't terrible, but isn't great either. Sometimes I have to type every letter except for the last one for the desired word to appear. Also, it seems as though the keyboard doesn't "learn" the wording patterns to predict words better. Has this changed?

    What are your thoughts?
    05-23-2014 09:51 AM
  2. z33dev33l's Avatar
    I've mostly used the shape writing which has been phenomenal but the few words I do have to type out, it did have to learn. That said, it's learned my word patterns so well that I've only typed 17 letters in this post tapping the keys.
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    05-23-2014 09:58 AM
  3. peacefulberry's Avatar
    I've mostly used the shape writing which has been phenomenal but the few words I do have to type out, it did have to learn. That said, it's learned my word patterns so well that I've only typed 17 letters in this post tapping the keys.
    Oh great! You mean the "swype" function?
    05-23-2014 10:03 AM
  4. z33dev33l's Avatar
    That's the one
    05-23-2014 12:47 PM
  5. EwingMCSE's Avatar
    I can't go back to tapping now. Swyping is the only way to text. It's fluid, fast, predicts words better and I can do it with one hand just as fast as two.

    I've gotten into the habit of laying the phone down and responding with left-handed swypes when I need to use my right hand for note taking or other important tasks (like holding a beer).
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    05-23-2014 01:09 PM
  6. peacefulberry's Avatar
    I can't go back to tapping now. Swyping is the only way to text. It's fluid, fast, predicts words better and I can do it with one hand just as fast as two.

    I've gotten into the habit of laying the phone down and responding with left-handed swypes when I need to use my right hand for note taking or other important tasks (like holding a beer).
    I know of a certain someone who swears by swype and tried to convince me that it was the only efficient way to type! I couldn't wait to tell them that the new 8.1 had a "swype" function!
    05-23-2014 01:57 PM
  7. z33dev33l's Avatar
    I know of a certain someone who swears by swype and tried to convince me that it was the only efficient way to type! I couldn't wait to tell them that the new 8.1 had a "swype" function!
    It's so much better than Android and it's awful swipe keyboard.
    05-23-2014 04:44 PM
  8. peacefulberry's Avatar
    It's so much better than Android and it's awful swipe keyboard.
    Oh that's good to know, because I could never get in the groove of the Android swype keyboard. Maybe I just need some more practice.
    05-23-2014 07:07 PM
  9. z33dev33l's Avatar
    Oh that's good to know, because I could never get in the groove of the Android swype keyboard. Maybe I just need some more practice.
    At least give it a shot this go around. Hard not to love
    05-23-2014 07:40 PM
  10. oditius's Avatar
    Swype is the only thing I missed coming back to WP. And now I have it with 8.1 I am one happy camper.

    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1520, w/AT&T using Tapatalk
    05-23-2014 07:46 PM
  11. Joshua Jackson's Avatar
    Actually, I think the predictive texting has gotten WORSE in WP8.1.
    Let's take my wife...
    I text her "Headed home", a lot.
    With Windows Phone 8.0, I would tap her tile, tap Send Text, tap "h", tap "Headed", tap "home", and tap the send icon.
    Now, I have to spell out "Headed" and "home" ("home" should automatically be predicted, by historical memory).

    There is another guy that I text "MP3 is uploaded", nearly every week (and that's about all I text him).
    When I initiate a text, to him, it should automatically predict that I'll start with MP3 and then, if I choose that entry, automatically predict the rest of the words.
    Windows Phone 8.0 didn't do that (I hear that Android does), but it should predict following words (again, from history).
    Windows Phone 8.1 seems to have lost that ability and will only give predictions to the single word that you're typing.
    JJ
    07-02-2014 10:52 AM
  12. mparker's Avatar
    I'm one of the ones that didn't upgrade to 8.1 dp, so I rely on your descriptions and opinions alot. I want to know if the 8.1 keyboard is smarter at word prediction. It seems as though the current 8.0 keyboard isn't terrible, but isn't great either. Sometimes I have to type every letter except for the last one for the desired word to appear. Also, it seems as though the keyboard doesn't "learn" the wording patterns to predict words better. Has this changed?

    What are your thoughts?
    The keyboard has gotten worse with each release after 7.1 (NoDo) - unfortunately 8.1 is included in this trend. However, the swype-alike keyboard in 8.1 is extremely accurate (practically telepathic) so if you can adapt to that method then that's the way to go. Hopefully MS won't mess that up in future releases, but that seems to be the trend with WP.
    07-02-2014 01:10 PM

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