Patent awarded to RIM for text prediction based on logic
displays the suggested words right on top of the keys based on the first letter of the suggested word.
And behind the word prediction engine is a newly patented logic-based text prediction engine. RIM has received a patent (8,224,393) for this, which was originally filed in May of last year. Instead of searching for typos, the software is combing over the words you've typed, looking for context and often-used expressions to come up with the predictions of the next word. Unlike the word-prediction engine on other phones, the patent filing indicates that RIM's word-predictions are not based on the frequency certain words are used by the handset's owner.
This is obviously good news for RIM. If the applause for the BlackBerry 10 QWERTY keyboard extends to the phones themselves, BlackBerry may not just survive but might even thrive. And having a patent on a key element of RIM's turnaround should allow CEO Thorsten Heins to get some sleep at night.
source: USPTO via Engadget