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Google acquires third party soft keyboard manufacturer, BlindType

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Google acquires third party soft keyboard manufacturer, BlindType
Adding another weapon to the arsenal that Android users will probably see in the not too distant future, Google has acquired BlindType. The company makes a predictive soft keyboard that can be called incredible. Not only does the software correctly replace the jibberish you just typed with the word you were trying to spell, it also allows you to type successfully on a blank slate. Even the size and orientation of the keyboard will automatically adjust with your typing. The company merely says that the keyboard is "extremely resilient to inaccurate input".

Back this Summer, the company said it was planning on submitting an app to the App Store even though the software would not meet Apple's regulations as it would require replacing Apple's default button slate. Now with the acquisition by Google, the technology could end up as an Android exclusive and anyone who doesn't think that BlindType could lead cell phone buyers to purchase an Android phone just hasn't watched the video yet.

The acquisition was announced in a terse statement from BlindType and the terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

source: BlindType

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. Pings (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Cool the default keyboard for Android sucks. I use Better Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, and sometimes Swype. I would like to learn more about how this works...

posted on 02 Oct 2010, 05:11

2. rocket (unregistered)

WOW! Definitely getting an Android just because of this. And I won't be needind the hardware qwerty anymore if this really works just as the video shows. Amazing!

posted on 02 Oct 2010, 18:13

3. frankthetank775 (unregistered)

I want this right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 03 Oct 2010, 15:56

4. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

I don't get it... I watched the videos and the keyboard still takes up half the screen. I was expecting something else.

posted on 03 Oct 2010, 17:32

5. pingpong (Posts: 145; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

Blindtype is awesome. I've been waiting for a while for this to come out and it is good to hear they got picked up by Google. Very excited for this to come out!

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