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

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



1. ReportTroll

Posts: 11; Member since: May 13, 2012

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

2. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 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 ;..

3. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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?

10. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 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?

6. ReportTroll

Posts: 11; Member since: May 13, 2012

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

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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?

11. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

12. fernsruben

Posts: 28; Member since: May 10, 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!!!

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I still prefer dictionary mode

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