However you want to call the new texting feature that has been showcased to come with the new BlackBerry 10 OS, we have a bit of good news today. RIM has just been awarded the patent for the technology behind the new BlackBerry 10 logic-based predictive text keyboard feature. This is great news for RIM as they will be able to keep it exclusive to the BlackBerry platform for some time. We have already seen a iOS 3rd party ripoff of the text feature, so we know this tech should be guarded well. Here is the abstract description from the patent page:
A handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and a number of variants. The output is based largely upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user intended a particular output, but various features of the device provide additional variants that are not based solely on frequency and rather are provided by various logic structures resident on the device. The device enables editing during text entry and also provides a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized experience for the user. The disambiguation function can be selectively disabled and an alternate keystroke interpretation system provided. Additionally, the device can facilitate the selection of variants by displaying a graphic of a special key of the keypad that enables a user to progressively select variants generally without changing the position of the user's hands on the device.
If you haven't seen the new BlackBerry 10 keyboard in action, check out the video below of our own hands on demo with RIM's Gary Klassen: