Windows Phone 8.1 To Feature Large Live Tiles, Swype Keyboard

Fans of the Windows Phone mobile operating system can finally rejoice. Microsoft seems to be readying a whole bunch of different features, some small, and others large — literally, that is.

We already got our first detailed look at the notification center a little while back.

And now it seems that users might soon be able to enjoy a large Live Tile on their smartphone. According to famed Windows Phone leaker Nawzil, four different Live Tile sizes will be included in the platform. These will be named Small, Medium, Wide and Large.

Official confirmation on this is yet to be provided, but chances are that with the growing screen sizes and display resolutions on handsets, Microsoft is ready to implement these changes.

Along with this UI tweak, the company seems to be preparing another handy feature.

Tom Warren of The Verge provided some early details on this, as this Reddit thread unveils. It appears that this upcoming refresh of Microsoft’s mobile platform might come with a Swype gesture keyboard that makes typing on touchscreen devices a breeze.

This is something that Android users have had for a long time now, and Windows Phone users have been clamoring for a while — as is evident on the User Voice website of Windows Phone where this feature has received more than 3,000 votes.

Both these features, if they arrive with Windows Phone Blue, should be well received by the community. Stay tuned for more on the matter as we get closer to official confirmation.

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