By Vamien McKalin | May 15, 2012 10:11 AM EDT
An Apple iPhone application developer broke BlackBerry fans' heart when he revealed an application that worked similar to the recently shown BlackBerry 10 Swipe-like predictive text software. The way how BlackBerry 10 deals with predictive text is unlike any other due to the way RIM chose to implement it on the keyboard. Instead of having the predicted text popping up above the keyboard like every other smartphone, the text is placed on the keys.
There's a huge resemblance to Swipe here, the part that allows everything to just work so well. When the user comes across a word he/she wants to use, just simply swipe up that key and the word will appear, just think of it as magic.
This is what iPhone developer Mario Hros has mimicked from RIM's BlackBerry 10, and now the plan is to bring this cool feature to every able-bodied iPhone well before the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone is a launched later in the year. The application, which goes by the name Octopus Keyboard, is now available on Cydia, an unauthorized 3rd party application store.
To use Cydia, users who are interested in download the app will be required to jailbreak their iPhone. Right now you can either wait until the app find its way to the App Store, or jailbreak your smartphone and get in on the action.
The application is in the early stages of development, so what's available on Cydia is the beta which might feature a few bugs here and there. The developer haven't made it known when Octopus Keyboard in its entirety will be available. However, it is expected to be ready sometime next week.
We're not sure if anything here can be patented, but if so, Octopus Keyboard coming out party could be short lived. Check out the Octopus keyboard in the video below:
(reported by Vamien McKalin, edited by Dave Clark)
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