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Video shows developer's BlackBerry 10 style QWERTY for the Apple iPhone

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Video shows developer's BlackBerry 10 style QWERTY for the Apple iPhone
The BlackBerry 10 QWERTY

The BlackBerry 10 QWERTY

Remember the video we showed you earlier this month revealing an early peek at the virtual QWERTY on the BlackBerry 10? The one thing about the keyboard that seemed universally applauded was the way that suggested words appeared on the top of the keys themselves rather than in a row on top of the keys. This should make using the auto-suggestion system a lot easier and require less finger movement which translates into faster typing amongst 'Berry users. Now along comes iOS developer Mario Hros who has been working on his own virtual QWERTY keyboard for the Apple iPhone called Octopus. Sure enough, Hros liberally borrows from RIM's new QWERTY to add a similarly-styled auto-suggestion system to the iPhone.

Octopus Keyboard has its own completion engine and learns new words as you use them. There are some issue with the beta version with auto-punctuation and auto-capitalization and a full release is penciled in for May 20th. There is one little problem and that is that iOS, unlike Android, doesn't allow users to change the default QWERTY. That means if you want all eight tentacles of the Octopus Keyboard, you will have to Jailbreak your iOS device to grab up the app from the unofficial Cydia app store.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 13 May 2012, 21:27

1. ReportTroll (Posts: 11; Member since: 13 May 2012)


That's slow, you still have to search for those words on top of those 24 characters.
BB invented the slowest keyboard ever.

posted on 13 May 2012, 21:38 1

2. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


No , it will apear on the first or second letter on the word, so example, if u want to type dinner, and ur first Letter is 'D', on top of 'I'.. 'Dinner' will come up, so u were about to go to 'I' to type 'Dinner' anyways, so just swype at 'I' and ur done ;..

posted on 13 May 2012, 21:48 3

3. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Thats why with Android u have options to change whatever and its open source. The IOS is so lock down that u cant even do that even when trying to sideload apps unless u jailbreak it which not everyone is willing to do. I hope they change that in the WWDC next month.

posted on 13 May 2012, 21:54

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


1. They won't they may never do that, also apps that compete with stock apps are not allowed either

2. why is your comment relevant here?

posted on 13 May 2012, 22:34

10. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


dude im just saying that that the IOS is lockdown that you cant change the keybroad without jailbreaking it first.

2) my comment is related to this article duh. Did u even read the article?

posted on 13 May 2012, 22:02 2

6. ReportTroll (Posts: 11; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Its because the stock keyboard sucks & google is lazy. That's why its opening it for people to skin it..

posted on 13 May 2012, 22:28 3

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Why it sucks? It predicts text checks for misspell Errors and has live dictation

But again because android allows multiple keyboards you can have keyboards like SwiftKey and it's no space feature or swipe and its fast shipping input or a split keyboard for tablets. Google allows other keyboard because they believe they can make and idea even more awesome. Android has the best keyboard replacement apps there are with some amazing features.

But you are here to troll aren't you?

posted on 13 May 2012, 23:19

11. Carlitos (Posts: 297; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Guy what are you talking about stock keyboard is a great keyboard.

I have always liked a preferred Motorola Multi Touch keyboard over IOS Keyboard which I thought it was pretty good until I got my hands on Both Atrixes. And overSamsungs, HTC and LG keyboards. When I used the keyboard on the Galaxy Nexus its just as good or even better than Motorola's Multi-Touch Keyboard. I was really surprised how much better it was from gingerbread.

posted on 14 May 2012, 01:09

12. fernsruben (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 May 2012)


google is lazy??

Woah...................i'd bet ud be using a component of google in your browsing experience to navigate the web.

Google went open source to give the developers out here more breathing room towards personalisation, innovation and usability,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,so that they feel that they can DEVELOP!!

Unlike Apple that is closed cource and ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,that results in..................PATENT this.......PATENT that!!!

Any innovation..............brr.......................​..........JailBreak!!!

posted on 13 May 2012, 22:05 2

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


if people with ios want this a jailbreak is just a click away... its not a complicated process

posted on 13 May 2012, 21:51 2

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I want the dev to try and port his idea to android. It could mean trouble for SwiftKey

posted on 13 May 2012, 22:30

9. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I still prefer dictionary mode

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