Keyboard in Windows Phone 8 makes use of user's Accent color

Apollo Keyboard Accent

A number of Windows Phone Central readers, who happen to be incredibly observant, have noticed a small change in Windows Phone 8. As one can see in the image above, the Windows Phone keyboard now shows the selected letters in the accent colours, as opposed to black or white.

Readers noticed a fresh look for the keyboard in a HTC 8X video tour, which shows off some features in Windows Phone 8 - something that was disallowed by Microsoft and OEMs in the past. 

As one can see in the video below (at the 3:10 marker), characters selected on-screen will pop-up with an accent themed selection overlay. This is usually black for light themes and white for dark. 

Thanks to everyone who informed us of this change!



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You're welcome! :-)

nizzon says:

This is really old news and Im pretty sure you guys have already covered this.

Pretty sure we haven't and it's not, but if you can dig up a link, we'll be glad to eat crow.

They had this showing at the Lumia 920 keynote when Joe was typing.

So you're saying I'm right, we haven't covered this before? ;-)

I don't know what you are saying. Can you make your sentence easier to understand?

Rich Edmonds says:

We haven't covered it yet.

When Joe belliforie took the screenshot, then posted to twitter "First ever public screenshot!". Watch it Daniel. :-)

nizzon says:

Sorry maybe it was Pocketnow who did a report on it a while ago. Like they say this could be seen in many hands-on videos when the Lumias was presented.
Its a cool feature and its great you guys pimp it too! :)

KustomAU says:

Yeah I remember seeing a video that showcased yellow accents at least 3-4 weeks ago for memory.

K, while that may be the case...we haven't done a story on it. That means most folks are unaware of it too.

I think it just wasn't really important. But it is cool. :-). You made me remember it.

Mouthsmasher says:

WP Central is my only source of WIndows Phone news and I hadn't yet heard of this feautre yet, so thianks guys for posting about it. 

stoickiwi says:

Yup, thanks guys :)

Shantek says:

Its part of the emulator too..

dinchy87 says:

i noticed the same in the Dev Center. If you use the option find my phone. You will see you current accent in some detailes like the circle around the location your are, or the search bar if it searches your phone...

steppa75 says:

Great rich but how bout making it your business finding out if surface is coming to UK ..you the UK guy and we NEED to know :D

Rich Edmonds says:

It is my business, sir, and rest assured we've asked, enquired and even offered our bodies up for payment to gather information.

steppa75 says:

Off subject I know but needs must lol

TofuDelight says:

Your title made me think the keyboard will speak to me with a Chinese accent. :)

coldside says:

Hahah this made me chuckle.

The_Internet says:

So now southerners won't have to train their phone to recognize "y'all" and it will automatically leave the letter g off the end of words??!!?

ladydias says:

Nice touch.

sixium says:

It's the little things that make WP8 so spectacular

Mafijoco says:

i need the major things, 
when will they fix the app restarting when you tap on the tile instead (hold back then tap on open ) that neeeds fixing!!!!

Shantek says:

I like that feature.. Just use the quick switching of apps to go back in. If they changed that feature and an app was playing up, you would then have to restart your phone..

Or they could add some way to close an app like swiping down on the screenshot in the multitasking menu. That's how its done on windows 8...

Tomasz S. says:

Closing an app is done by taping the back button. And there's really no good reason for closing apps anyway.

tN0 says:

That is actualy a useful feature when you are texting with different persons you can have multiple instances of the Messaging app open. Each for every conversation.
Simply use the back button to go back to an app.

Tomasz S. says:

They can't fix it cause it's a feature, not a bug.

Mafijoco says:

how is that a feature?  so you  rather unlock your phone press and hold back then go to the app, than  just tapping on the tile? that is just stupid for me..... and like  for example the whatsapp app :) it takes  for ever to load up again.

ThePKReddy says:

What's app and Spotify totally blow on WP. Can't put my head around whether it's the OS or the lack of interest from their respective devs.

Ecurb87 says:

This off topic, but I'm trying to find out if the large tile on the HTC devices with the clock, date and temp is a HTC feature or WP or WP8 feature? I really like that.

That's all HTC buddy. Slick huh?

Aldoron says:

I'm beyond excited for WP8 to release. The coloured keys are a nice touch

cedarlog says:

you always know the product is perfect when you notice they are focusing on each and every small detail

duk3togo says:

Bing search did not display, Bing music, vision, or local scout am I missing something.

Gatlyn says:

It's really great to see the accent color show up in more places around the OS. It's little things like this that make the phone more personal.

jack1129 says:

Anyone know's what's 'kid's corner' setting at 1:20? Has it been a feature before? I didn't see it my Optimus 7, HD7 or Lumia 720.

jack1129 says:

Ah and there's Safe Search in Bing! near the end of the video

Am I the only one who couldn't help but notice that the guy in the video had crazy hairy knuckles?

xprc says:

i'm not sure with this, it could lead distraction

Benz85 says:

I love this .. i hope i can see this on wp 7.8 !

1jaxstate1 says:

This is showing some nice attention to details.

bono5112 says:

Guys got some hairy fingers... Just sayin

hoonigandad says:

Kids corner is new, so is tap+send, anybody notice that? A few of the things in windows 8 i have on my focus already with the custom rom. And i have 36 colors too, more than on that Htc! =)

stoickiwi says:

Lovig the Bing picture for the wallpaper too!

It's a nice touch, but since they're into that much detail then I hope this is implemented as well into the Windows Phone logo at boot...

lemonsteveo says:

There should be some colours added to the emoticons too, that's one thing the wife complains about. Metro is nice but has gone too far in some areas.

tN0 says:

Every button and list has accent color feedback. Look closely.

titandude says:

Revolutionary! ;)

steppa75 says:

Gd man keep the gd work. Cus aswel as me wanting one :D If we all want wp8 to be a success w8 is crucial to that and something of the build quality of surface will certainly help things along .

blakeynz says:

Like the business app setting not 100% sure on new transition to home showing app list aswell. Would love to see the FX studio app that was installed though maybe HTC version on Nokia gif maker

tr1ckyboy says:

"This video is private"

fsweb2011 says:

I got hairy fingers and i am a nice guy...:)