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“Hardware Keyboard” supported with latest Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update



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Well, this is news to me at least. Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 now supports “Hardware Keyboards” and the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update 1 aka GDR1 documentation talks about how OEMs can customize devices with hardware keyboard. The documentation has been updated on 15th December and should be in sync with the latest GDR1 update 8.10.14219.341.

For devices that have a hardware keyboard, partners can set these optional customizations:

  • The amount of time, in milliseconds, the user must hold down a key before the keyboard character repeats.
  • The amount of time, in milliseconds, to use as the delay between each keyboard character repeats.

Testing Steps:

  1. Flash the build containing this customization to a phone with a hardware keyboard.

  2. Set up the phone. Press and hold down the same keyboard key. Verify that the amount of time needed to hold down a key before the keyboard character repeats corresponds to the value that you set. Also verify that the delay between each character repeat is equivalent to the value that you set.

Whenever a Windows Phone OS update rolls out, there are some changes which remain hidden and known to only OEMs. But some of them are really important and we just reported how OEMs can now allow offline Maps download to MicroSD card.

While Windows Phone 8.1 comes packed with a very functional and stylish keyboard, sudden appearance of “Hardware Keyboard” support may (or mayn’t) hint about plans of some OEMs to bring Windows Phone devices with hardware keyboard to market.



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  • S_Koha

    Some news about hadrware keyboard after long time but still can not see them in shops. I wait for new phone with hardware keyboard long time. I stopped using phones which are all look same and all try to be “ipon” sorry (so much hate that word and can not spell it correctly).
    Beside hardware keyboard I need hmore harware buttons like green and red button to open and close call, need also trackball (simmilar like Blackberry used to have), need dedicated hardware camera button, need few others configurable hardware biuttons to use them like “voice recorder button”, also I need infra red communication on phone. Al thios and much more was available on previous version versions of Windos phones with OS Windows 6.5.
    With no obvious reason somebodu decided to remove all functionality from phones and force all users to use useles glass bricks with no or just few hardware buttons.
    Long time befor I did bought Nokia 620 but after lot of hassling with typing long mails on glass I did smash it against wall, repaired under warranty but after while I did smashed it again on floof few times just to be sure thet will newer come alive again.
    I do not use such garbage and will never use them, would not take “ipon” in hand even if somebody pay me to do thet.

  • Deepak

    do we have any device that has hardware keyboard?

    • Kamal

      With Windows Phone 8 / 8.1, none that I know.

    • Sir Mc Frosty

      May be its for universal keyboard from MS which can connect to android ios and windows …may be now it can connect to Windows Phone too. Would be nice to test it out.
      Even more nice would be a high end lumia with hw keyboard *sigh*. May be in shape of The dell venue pro for example. It had a great keyboard.