Research in Motion may be preparing to launch a new software keyboard with BlackBerry OS 7. According to leaked screenshots from the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 2 smartphone, RIM will be giving the keyboard a bit of an overhaul.

Both the 9810 (Torch 2) and 9850 (a BlackBerry Storm variation) are expected to benefit from the reformed design, which includes rectangular keys, a more pronounced spacebar, vibrant colors, and an overall cleaner look. The reduction of the keys from rounded corners to 90 degree angles somewhat resembles the Android keyboard.

Interestingly, the design changes don’t seem to be that different, but the enhancements in OS 7’s keyboard make it look strikingly similar to that of the BlackBerry Playbook. Perhaps more OS changes will be taking place in the future that line up the two software product lines.

via Pocketnow


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