iPhone raids BlackBerry 10 keyboard magic
iPhone raids BlackBerry 10 keyboard magic - SlashGear
Could the iPhone raid one of RIMís headline BlackBerry 10 features before the Canadian companyís own handsets are even near the shelves? If the iOS developer behind Octopus Keyboard has his way, it will: Mario Hros has been telling iDownloadBlog about the custom iPhone Ďboard heís been cooking up, borrowing the floating auto-prediction system RIM demonstrated at BlackBerry World and slapping the gesture-based UI onto his own iOS version.
Lest youíve forgotten, RIMís on-screen keyboard attempts to deliver some of the companyís legendary text-entry skills by supercharging a soft-keyboard. Rather than queuing up potential words in a line above the keys, they hover around the userís fingers, accessed with a simple swipe. Less finger movement, RIM claims, means quicker entry.
Octopus Keyboard uses its own completion engine, and can learn new words as the user enters them. It apparently works with any input language with key input, though right now there are still some issues to address in this beta version, such as auto-punctuation and auto-capitalization.
Octopus Keyboard demo:
Still, itís an impressive realization of RIMís system on a rival platform in such a small length of time, and Hros expects to have the full release out by May 20. The biggest drawback is availability: since, unlike with Android, iOS wonít allow you to change the default keyboard, users will need to jailbreak their iPhone or iPod touch in order to access Octopus Keyboard from the Cydia unofficial app store and install it.
- 05-13-2012, 04:55 PM #2
I applaud the developer for moving so quickly to bring that function to iOS, I suspect it will be brought to Android as well by the time BB10 launches
the only Advantage RIM will have is it will be defaulted on the device and not a 3rd party solution.
- CrackBerry Genius of Geniuses
05-13-2012, 04:59 PM #4
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Especially when you'll also have to be jailbroken to get itone of these days see me drivin' round town in my rock 'n' rolls Royce with the sun roof down
my bottle of booze no summertime blues shouting loud look at me in my rock 'n ' roll voice...
- 05-13-2012, 04:59 PM #5
I think the key here is that the BlackBerry virtual keyboard has more power on the inside. Remember how Vivek said in the keynote that the keyboard learns your hand movements over time and sort-of becomes tailor made for you, like a glove. But ofcourse most of the 'fancy' features that we saw in that keynote will be successfully transferred to most other platforms eventually.
- CrackBerry Master
05-13-2012, 06:21 PM #12
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I wonder if any developers are working on bringing multi-tasking to the iphoneBB10: possibly the most disruptive innovation in tech we've yet to see.
RIM is on their way to 'coming-back', although I don't see it as a comeback. I see it as RIM going through a well-managed transition.- hurds (11/4/12) reply: "one of the craziest, most delusional fanboy statements I've ever seen on the Internet. This includes tech forums like this one, sports team forums, political forums you name it." - notafanboy
- 05-13-2012, 06:27 PM #13Kevin Michaluk
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- 05-13-2012, 06:36 PM #16gee gee baby~
- 05-13-2012, 06:38 PM #18
- 05-13-2012, 06:57 PM #19
How many people will actually jailbreak their iPhone for this
very few and who knows if that keyboard is actually laggy and crappy
compare to the original iPhone keyboard.
This will not hurt RIMWatch Hulu and Netflix on the Playbook
- 05-13-2012, 07:07 PM #21
- 05-13-2012, 07:41 PM #22
what is it they..."mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery "... or something like that. its not even done yet. it has been slated to launch May 20th. it has the same learning feature that the BB10 TS keyboard has, so not cool. sick-em RIM lawer type people~~ I am no longer active on this site ~~