Check out the cool BlackBerry 10 Chinese handwriting input on BBM

By James Richardson on 17 Apr 2013 05:59 am EDT
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With BlackBerry 10 now pretty much rolled out to every continent in the world this latest video from BlackBerry goes beyond what I expected to see quite so soon. The good folk of China can (or will) be able to take advantage of a new handwriting input on BBM - and it looks to work perfectly.

With us still being in the early stages of BlackBerry 10 who knows what other new and exciting features are likely to crop up in future software updates. Clearly this text input technology is nothing new but it sure is new for us BlackBerry addicts and I'm suitably impressed.

Will BlackBerry roll this out to other countries/languages too? Only time will tell but I'm feeling fairly positive.

Nice work once again BlackBerry - Keep it up.

 

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Check out the cool BlackBerry 10 Chinese handwriting input on BBM

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Any word on when this will make its way out? I would love to hand write in bbm and other programs like email or txt and in english

It's already there.

Go to Settings > Language and Input > Input Languages > Add/remove languages > and click on the 3rd last one choice (handwriting chinese).

Then, when typing, change in the language input to chinese and you're good to go!

I don't think so... it doesn't seem to be available for me... unless it is only for certain country...

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This is super dope will something like it be available for us in the states? For you know funny pictures or whatever?

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Exactly what came to my mind. A doodle option where you could draw a quick picture and send it to a bbm contact.

Also, could these be used as "gesture shortcuts" elsewhere? On the active frame screen etc, draw a specific character or pattern to launch apps etc?

Also also, could it be used on the lock screen so we could write a short password, or as a pattern unlock, or unlock and perform some other action immediately after.

Also also also, what I thought would be kinda fun, is while in a bbm conversation... the doodling could become a game. Imagine a Pong like game where you draw a line to hit the ball and then the other person draws a line to hit it back, all right on top of your conversation. Even cooler would be a group chat where you have 4 or 5 people all playing one game of Pong, or trying to keep the ball on the screen etc.

or even basic tic tac toe :) those are some really good ideas. I also thought about how it could integrate into the BBM Screen share feature

May I ask what exactly is the news? My z10 already has handwriting input and it works in every app including bbm?

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It's already there.

Go to Settings > Language and Input > Input Languages > Add/remove languages > and click on the 3rd last one choice (handwriting chinese)

Exactly. If you change the language of the keyboard when you're typing to any of the three languages mentioned above by cooleddie, you're then able to write a letter at a time, A to Z

From what I understand though not many people are happy about it. The normal people I've talked to, non techi people, feel that it's way to big to use with one hand.

That is also where I do a nice plug for my Z10 lol.

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I just got curious and for a start: if you add say Chinese as a language and then save and tap on the language, you have the option of handwriting. However for English and German (languages I speak) there are only keyboard layouts available.

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If you use the Chinese handwriting language you can write English letters too, only caveat is that I don't know if it will be normal English font or a Chinese version that might show up as boxes on someone's computer if they don't have Chinese installed.

Seeing as how it is able to do English letters though, why not make it a legit option in English? I don't think any other Os offers that right now

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That's available on Z10 since the OS update. Needed in language settings to select the Chinese handwriting option and you have it.

It works not only on BBM but everywhere, including CB application

这里也可用!

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That looks.... Awesome!! It really does look pretty but look a bit longer than typing
But any ways looks like BlackBerry is making another big step in the smartphone Keele the good and going people!!

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The issue of the Chinese input came up between me and another dude at a carrier store in Singapore so I explored it as well (go to settings - language - pick up to three, choose Chinese - on the keyboard hold down on the button with the globe symbol, slide up to Chinese to invoke the handwriting functionality ). The problem here is that the character for 'I' as in 'I am” requires 7 strokes (by my count) but the alphabeticized form of writing in Chinese called hanyu pinyin only requires you to type 'wo'. If BB wants to win major market share in Asia, they need to get this in as soon as possible. My two cents worth, especially if it's all about efficiency :)

That's the reality. Chinese letters are not the most efficient in the world, but that's how it is.

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There's word suggestions! If you tap on the blue 我, there's a list of next suggested words and you can pick 要-

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True. But if you've used the pinyin input on the pre-BB10 devices it's much much quicker than using actual character strokes. The handwriting functionality is a novelty feature that I think would serve a greater purpose used as an extension of emoticons.
To polytope - I looked for pinyin input but couldn't find it, maybe it was just that model?

Well I guess we just have to agree to disagree, but there pinyin available as a different language as well ! :)

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Z10 does have pinyin input for simplified chinese and 注音 for traditional chinese. The handwriting input is very smart. It recognizes simplified and traditional writing, plus alphanumeric and symbols. Also if i wrote in simplified, the traditional equivalent would show up at the end of the list for you to choose too.

I read somewhere that BB10 will not be available in Japan, at least not a Blackberry product, It's possible that they may license BB10 to someone like Sony.

They could still include input methods for those languages, however. Many Koreans and Japanese abroad, and some might even purchase unlocked phones in their home countries.

If Chinese input is already accomplished, it seems Japanese and Korean should be relatively simple to implement?

They aren't going to be licensing it. Who gave you that information? Who knows if they might just bring the Z10 and Q10 to those countries?

BlackBerry 10 already supports 3 Chinese input method:

Handwrite
Pinyin
BoPoMoFo

All of which works very well everywhere, including BBM (I've tested it, had to ask my teacher how to use BoPoMofo). Which is why I'm asking what is the news. My software release is 10.0.10.82, OS version 10.0.10.648, both of which are not new.

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I use this when I need to send Chinese text messages or Whatsapp or EC Dictionary on daily basis. Friends of mine who are using Samsung GS3 and iPhone envy me that I can hand write the Chinese characters on an huge pad vs their little box. It will be nice if BlackBerry adds Changi Input Method. I used to use Changi Input from my previous iPhone. Changi is way faster than handwriting.

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Changi input Method must need in BB 10,iPhone have,BB 10 too,BB 10 Z will get much stronger in Chinese area market

Sorry... I'm total blackberry dude, but this reminds me of my Palm, expect I'm using a stylus back then, so this is no big deal.... if anything Blackberry should secure Palms Graffiti input so they don't get sued by LG

It's already there.

Go to Settings > Language and Input > Input Languages > Add/remove languages > and click on the 3rd last one choice (handwriting chinese).

Then, when typing, change in the language input to chinese and you're good to go!

You need to add the Chinese language input that supports handwritting. Then when you are in a place where you can type, longpress the , key to switch to the Chinese language. Then you can write on the screen.

Settings, Language and Input. Under Text Input tap Input Languages. Tap Add/Remove Languages. Select the Chinese language option that supports handwritting. For me it was the first one.

I hope the Q10 (with keyboard) supports Asian handwriting input as well (Chinese, Korean, Japanese, etc.), which in Asia is all hand-writing input.

A friend of mine refused to buy the Bold 9900 because it did not have handwriting input for Chinese.
He bought a competitor model as a result of this.

Let's hope the Q10 would not repeat this fiasco.

^ this!
i was so jealous that Torch has handwritting input using Taiwan OS.
hopefully Q10 gonna have one!

Need Japanese and Korean input asap. For a business tool its pretty poor when all the competition offers it out of the box, especially when BlackBerry offered it in the past OS.

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Guys, everyone has this already.....
It's already there. Even in english versions of the OS.

Go to Settings > Language and Input > Input Languages > Add/remove languages > and click on the 3rd last one choice (handwriting chinese).

Then, when typing, change in the language input to chinese and you're good to go!

I doubt it. It's more of offering proper language input support. We should see more advances in language and keyboard support down the road.

This is perfect for person like me don't know any other Chinese input method besides handwriting. There are so many kinds of Chinese language input methods, everybody have their own favorite but we all can communicate with handwriting.

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Sorry if this is reduntant, so you can screen write and take notes in english or draw on screen and save to notes or other with Z10? If so this will add to the building list of why to get this when my contract is up. Thanks in advance for the feedback to my question.

It's a bit slow for English, since it's designed for entering Chinese (one 'character' at a time). So not very practical at present, for extended English input, but it will recognize handwritten characters, yes (using the Chinese language input, which you will have to add from settings, and switch to that input method from the keyboard.)

Not for drawings, though, you'll get some Chinese character!

moto and nokia have this more than 10 years ago in china.

blackberry is too late on many things.

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Kind of an asinine comment, if you're talking about a Chinese product being sold in China, obviously the feature would be there. This is just a "Nice to have" nonessential for most of us

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CrackBerry REALLY needs to clarify. This feature has been there ever since BlackBerry 7 at least, and on BlackBerry 10 this has been supported from the very beginning. The title quickly misleads the uninformed into thinking that the feature is under development, making blackberry look incompetent for trying to R&D something every other touchscreen based device has offered, and that this is some kind of cool new tech.

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Not sure what you're talking about, unless you mean on the full touch torch, handwriting was definitely not an option on my torch 9810

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No, my mom has Torch 9810 and there is an option for manual handwriting, I have used it myself. Perhaps your OS is not East Asian?

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Handwriting is available on my Torch 9810, after I installed the OS from an Asian carrier (SingTel if I remembered correctly). The north american carriers decided not to include the handwriting function with their OS release.

Amazing stuff... i wish it wasnt limited to the Chinese language or just bbm

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It's not just BBM you can use it anywhere the keyboard is available by changing the input language when you start typing

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Very cool. I don't know Chinese yet, but I can see how many people would appreciate this.

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So how about I created a game out of it! You can challenge your BBM friends! See if you can draw a picture and then capture it via the Screen Capture feature before it disappears! I'm calling it, "BBM Doodle Wars!" I posted a photo to my Twitter account: http://t.co/ufebOQPZ8w

If bb can support Chinese input, they should be able to support Japanese input as well. Japanese use a lot of same characters as Chinese. Please bb, that is the biggest reason for me not for getting Q10.

Would this be pushed out to phones from Canada because i currently type Chinese using pinying since this option is not available on Canadian phones.

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Never mind, it is available.. but it sucks how you have to choose, pinyin or hand written... it should be combined, because of the max 3 language thing...

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This is a rubbish idea. This function is already available on the QQ app and Chinese people prefer pinyin input because it's faster and there's less errors. Apparently the complexity of the Chinese characters causes gesture interpretation errors all the time .

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