Google buys BlindType, could bring better predictive text to Android

googleGoogle has acquired BlindType, the San Francisco-based company behind the innovative mobile predictive text technology that makes inputting data on a mobile touch screen more accurate even with misspelled words.

The application works by installing a customized keyboard on your mobile phone, coupled with proprietary algorithms that more accurately predict what words a user is attempting to input, and automatically ads the predicted words even if part of the word is misspelled.

The result is that users could be less focused on typing on their phone while typing quicker without compromising accuracy.

The developers have made versions of the application for Android devices, and iOS powered devices like both the iPhone, and the iPad.

Given Google has acquired the company, it is not likely a future version would be released for devices not operating under Google Android.

BlindType was co-founded by Panos Petropoulos, and Kostas Eleftheriou, a serial computer programmer behind many popular applications like iSteam, among others.

Both of the co-founders behind the BlindType team will be joining the Google camp to continue working on the project.

Google is not disclosing the acquisition price, or other details of the acquisition.

The acquisition comes as competition in the mobile space continues to intensify with companies scrambling to differentiate their products with superior device designs and a better user experience through third party applications and user interface enhancements.

Google has not disclosed what its plans are to do with the rights to the program, but it is very probable the company could implement the technology in an upcoming version of Google Android (like Gingerbread 3.0), the company’s popular mobile operating system found already on millions of handsets world wide.

At the end of this week’s trading session, the Google stock (NASDAQ:GOOG) closed basically at par today from its opening price at $525.62 per share.


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  • Anonymous

    lol “Froyo 3.0″. Froyo is 2.2. 3.0 will be Gingerbread.

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