Microsoft develops keyboard for one-handed typing

While one-handed typing was once the norm when using a mobile phone, the advent of increasingly large smartphones is causing a sea change – and it's one that many mobile users aren't happy about.

Now, it seems Microsoft is hoping to fix users' gripes with by introducing a new keyboard – Word Flow.

Interestingly, it will be testing this feature on iOS before incorporating it into its own phones, which means owners of the larger iPhone 6S Plus can try it out. It has the potential to restore one-handed typing to a phone that is now too large for most people to manage.

According to The Verge, the new keyboard can fan out the keys in either corner of the screen, making it possible to reach them with a single hand. 

Plus, it looks like there will be two fan keys in the predictive suggestions bar, with which users can easily switch to the new layout – and select which side of the screen they would like their keyboard to be on.

Currently, the plan is to release Word Flow on iOS in the coming months, though a firm date has not yet been released. Android users, meanwhile, can look forward to trying it out later in the year.

This is one of a number of recent developments that aims to improve user experience on smartphones. In December, Sony was revealed to be working on a longer-lasting battery.

According to Japanese site Nikkei, this battery could last up to 40 per cent longer than the standard lithium battery smartphone users are used to. Plus, they should be more compact than traditional phone batteries, meaning they could lead to lighter, smaller models.

However, even if development goes smoothly, it is likely they won't appear in handsets until 2020, meaning we have a little longer to wait for improved battery life.ADNFCR-2155-ID-801811214-ADNFCR

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