Ryan Seacrest's smartphone keyboard killed by BlackBerry

Ryan Seacrest's smartphone keyboard killed by BlackBerry
Typo, creator of the self-named, snap-on physical keyboards for the iPhone and other gadgets, has caught the attention of BlackBerry on more than one occasion. The Canada-based telecoms firm has consistently claimed that the layout and functionality of the Typo keyboards rip off its own iconic designs.

Having been granted a court order that prevented the original Typo for iPhone from retailing (although Typo flouted this), the redesigned Typo2 for the Apple gadget was showcased at CES earlier this year. BlackBerry once again took exception to the remade model, which still looked conspicuously like it was cut out of a Blackberry and stuck on an iPhone, and now, a settlement has been reached that means Typo will no longer sell keyboards for phones. 

The original Typo (left) and Typo2 for iPhone. BlackBerry was still not happy despite the tweaks 

The brainchild of TV personality Ryan Seacrest, he was one of seemingly many individuals who preferred the iPhone and iOS platform but still required the physical keyboard popularized by BlackBerry during its heyday. But while it seems less than likely that BlackBerry will begin selling third-party keyboards for the handsets of competitors, today's agreement means that Typo certainly will not be.

A BlackBerry press release has stated that Typo will no longer sell keyboards for devices with screen sizes smaller than 7.9 inches -- a major blow given Typo's focus on smartphones. This agreement could well signal Typo's demise, although it remains to be seen whether keyboards will continue to be made for devices that don't fall under the constraints of this deal. 

There's no question that a sizable portion of the market yearns for a product like the Typo, but it's hard to argue that the designs didn't take cues from the BlackBerry blueprint. The fact that, after several run-ins with BlackBerry, the Typo2 was scarcely any different to the first model leaves little room for sympathy of the start-up's plight, and while tablets and other product groups may provide some solace, don't expect to see a Typo3 for iPhone any time soon.

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139 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Served him right.

2. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I was hoping for one for the HTC M8 that would work with Android and WP.. :( I want a Win10- Dell Venue Pro dang it.

3. waddup121 unregistered

lmaooooo

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Why dont they just make one that "doesnt" look like a blackberry keyboard? Is their CEO that incompetent?

5. gaming64 unregistered

Great Blackberry. You effed up a company that is dong better than you. Waste of potential.

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Well, Typo is definitely a dong company that is slipping themselves to the bong hole.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Chen is a dunce if he can't see the potential here.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are a dunce since you can't see that BlackBerry had every right to protect their IP and knock Typo out of the box.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not saying they shouldn't protect their IP. I am saying they should see the potential here for keyboard cases for phones.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry did the right thing, especially after the first go 'round with Typo. They sent a clear message: license our IP first before releasing a product or get shut down.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes license the use of a keyboard. Not like other keyboard devices don't exist.

47. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Typo didn't want to license you nimrod. Thats why they got shut down. Do a little research before you start trolling.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wasn't talking about Typo you twit. I was talking about Blackberry. Instead of opening your mouth and letting the crap out how about reading my comment next time.

55. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Who wants to read the comments of a d*ck head troll? Especially one who can't make herself clear abiut what she's talking about.

71. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Must be that time of the month for her.

81. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

So its that tine of the month for you?

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not as good or as innovative as BlackBerry's keyboards.

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hence why I said blackberry should license the IP or actually make cases like it.

91. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry already made the offer to license their IP to typo. In a statement, they said that they were open to it. Typo obviously refused. They paid the price for it. Do your due diligence

99. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You were singing a different tune before.

113. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why, because I didn't mention that BlackBerry offered a licensing deal to Typo? Must I inform you of everything? Didn't I tell you to do your due diligence?

121. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No because you were being salty and didn't want to admit I was right.

133. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Cut the BS. You weren't right. You're just looking for a reason to troll, as usual. Next time, don't be so lazy and do your due diligence.

140. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Full of it as usual. Not my fault you were wrong.

141. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words: "You're correct, meanestgenius. I didn't do my due diligence because I'm a lazy hypocrite that likes nothing better to do than trolling". There. I fixed your post for you.

25. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Agreed, With Blackberry hurting as bad as it is, it would make sense to either directly make the keyboard or license the design. So much potential money being lost.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Exactly. They could have made a killing had they licensed it. Too bad Chen is blind.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Chen isn't blind. He did away with an IP their that had no intention of entering into any type of licensing deal with BlackBerry. Stop trying to spin this as if BlackBerry were in the wrong.

72. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I said he was blind at the profit potential here. You're just salty.

90. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I agree, there's a potential partnership here that could have given both sides some nice boost and popularity.

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