We love customizations and Keyboard mods and replacements are wacky.
RIM is bringing some innovative ideas to the Keyboard in its upcoming Blackberry OS 10. They haven’t really re-invented the wheel but have added som e nice tweaks to it. This could pave to
Can we really bet on BlackBerry 10 is yet to be seen, but they are sure making there way into modern smartphones.
Octopus Keyboard is a jailbreak tweak that seeks to bring RIM’s new gesture based predictive typing to iPhone iOS devices. The developer Mario Hros, has released a preview of the video.
Octopus Keyboard is interesting in the way it presents dictionary predictions on keyboard based on its predictive and learning algorithms.
Actually using the tweak by swiping up on an individual key works surprisingly well. I was under the impression that the iPhone’s keyboard would simply be to small to accomodate a feature like this, but I rarely found myself making mistakes due to keyboard size and placement. I did find that using landscape input provided a bit more real estate that made some of the longer words fit on the keys better, but that too is an issue that Hros wishes to address before go time.
Here’s a preview of Blackberry 10 like keyboard on iOS:
It’s a pretty cool iPhone implementation of RIM’s new-fangled predictive gesture based keyboard. It still needs to be worked upon, but we are already impressed.
Here are the Key features of Octopus Keyboard:
- Automatically learns new words as you type them
- Custom completion engine
- Should work for any input language with key input (English, French, Czech, Russian, etc.)
Here are the features on our Wish-list for the final app:
- Avoid learning mistakes
- Autocapitalize words in sentences
- Handle punctuations like , . ! at the end of a sentence
- Compatibility with popular tweaks like SwipeSelection