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


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! :)

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. 

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...

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

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

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??!!?

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!!!!

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..

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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! =)

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...

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.

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 .

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