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RIM Shares Two Finger BlackBerry 10 Gesture to Show/Hide Keyboard

BB10 Design Guidelines5

Right now on the PlayBook there is a pretty easy gesture from the corner to show and hide the keyboard. On BlackBerry 10 it looks like RIM will be changing that gesture up a bit for the keyboard. According to the design documentation we just mentioned users can show the virtual keyboard by dragging two fingers from the bottom of the screen. The same process in reverse swiping down will hide the keyboard. Obviously the keyboard will still show and hide when you focus or lose focus on a text field.

Personally I am very curious to see what RIM does with gestures in BlackBerry 10. I am really hoping they take it to the next level with the phones. They have already shown some of this off with the peeking gesture but there is definitely room for more. Personally I really hope they keep the swipe from bezel to bezel to unlock gesture.

Thanks Peter for pointing this one out!

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  1. … And I thought they wanted one handed use! The Playbook gesture would have been better and easier to do with one hand.

    • Oh this is just for when the keyboard does not pop up by itself. My guess is they changed the gesture because the side bezels are much smaller on the smartphone and would be a reach. I think they will also need the “peek” gesture to work from both right and left hand sides for phones.

  2. So hiding/showing the keyboard won’t be possible with 1 hand? Hopefully, there is an option to configure the gesture…

  3. I don’t like the 2 finger gesture. Ipad tried this with theri OS with mixed results. Everything should be 1 finger gesture to maintain that “flow” with various swypes (circle, x mark, up/down, side to side) motions for different effects.

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