Google buys BlindType to boost mobile touch typing

05/10/2010

Google has acquired BlindType, a company that specialises in touch typing software for mobile devices, to boost company’s Android mobile operating system. The BlindType system aims to solve the problems of typing on small touch screens, buy creating self-learning technology that constantly adjusts to the user's 'perceived' keyboard and typing style. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

05/10/2010

"Although this would typically lead to countless spelling mistakes that would be impossible to autocorrect, BlindType predicts what the user intended to write with a success rate not previously seen on any other system," BlindType explained on its Web site.

BlindType's app hasn't yet been released, but it should go a long way toward improving the virtual keyboard input experience on Android smartphones, which has largely lagged that of the iPhone.

It's likely Google made the move to keep Apple from buying the company, or at least ensure the technology doesn't make it onto the iPhone or iPad.

Apple's iPhone holds 23.8 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, followed by Android at 17 percent, comScore said last month.

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