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BlackBerry 10 swipe-based predictive text comes to iPhone [video]

Research In Motion recently gave the world a preview of its next-generation BlackBerry 10 software. While investors weren’t terribly impressed with RIM’s efforts and the company’s stock took a hit, developers and users alike were intrigued by several features shown off by the struggling smartphone maker. One such feature is the predictive text implementation in BlackBerry 10, which places word predictions on keys expected to be in the user’s path as he or she types on a smartphone’s virtual keyboard. A swipe upward on a key containing a word prediction will input the word. While BlackBerry users will likely have to wait until the fourth quarter to begin enjoying RIM’s new text input system, iPhone users can enjoy a reproduction of the technology now. iDownloadBlog recently unearthed a new system tweak called Octopus Keyboard in Cydia, the unauthorized third-party app store for jailbroken iOS devices. Though still in beta, the free app does a good job mimicking RIM’s predictive text mechanism, and a video showcasing the implementation can be viewed below.

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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