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BlackBerry 10 keyboard so smart it detects a user’s native language
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RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, answering questions from the press at RIM’s BlackBerry World 2012 event May 2, said that RIM has built a “localization team” to deal with country-specific adaptations. Plus, he said—giving away another secret about RIM’s unreleased BlackBerry 10 platform—new BlackBerry 10 handsets feature keyboard software so smart that they quickly detect what a user’s native language is.
- 05-03-2012, 04:37 PM #2
Not surprising since it's pretty much known that the new keyboard is built on/by SwiftKey. They've been doing this for a while now with their keyboards.It's TweetMail time Craig! - Geoffrey Peterson
05-03-2012, 07:48 PM #3
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Well, I hope it doesn't get confused. I usually write in English, but I sometimes write in Estonian. I hold down a letter, like "o" and scroll the trackpad to make a letter like "õ".
I can also make these four special letters, õ ä ö ü, on my ThinkPad by switching the language bar to Estonian, but after typing the special letter I need when I need it, I switch it back to English even when writing in Estonian. The language bar changes the entire keyboard to the Estonian layout. A lot of the number-shift/symbol keys end up in different locations, and I don't have them memorized. I do realize a virtual keyboard might even visibly change to another language's layout, and that's probably a wonderful benefit of it, but I'm not sure that for me that one benefit would outweigh all the other benefits of the physical keyboard.
- 05-04-2012, 01:28 AM #4
I speak three languages and this might become a pain in the arse because I switch languages depending on the person I'm speaking with. :S It already is on my PlayBook. Word suggestions and corrections are "contaminated". Spanish, English and French. Oh dear.
05-04-2012, 07:40 AM #5
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^Not good. I don't care what anyone says, this technology just isn't advanced far enough. It's like the voice dialing. "Call Jaan!" "Did you say, 'Call Ian?'" No. "Did you say, 'Call Jan?'" No. "Did you say, 'Call John?'" No! What we're left with in such situations is a mess, like Google Translate.
05-04-2012, 07:51 AM #7
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- 05-04-2012, 07:56 AM #8
- 05-04-2012, 08:12 AM #9
It takes a lot of digging, but if you want to really see what types of things are being developed and are possible, spend (a lot of) time digging through the Play Store (formerly the Android Market), as well as the Chrome (browser) Web Store. There are a lot of great ideas, some of which have gained a lot of traction, and others that haven't gained much for one reason or another. And, I don't spend as much time over there, but I'm sure that the iOS and Mac equivalents have some of the same type of stuff (although undoubtedly less, since iOS is far more locked down than Android). It takes time, as there is a ton of product and a ton of bad product, but there are hidden jewels and hints at what is to come.
- 05-04-2012, 08:46 AM #11
What would be the advantage to this? To avoid an input screen for language? Seems like a lot of work to bypass one setup screen...I survived the Storm of 2008 and the PlayBook of 2011.