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Google buys BlindType, raises fat-fingered Android owners’ text input hopes

When it comes to touchscreen handsets, we’re of the stab-blindly-in-vaguely-the-right-areas-and-hope-for-the-best school of typists. On some phones this works quite well (take a bow, clever text-correcting iPhone), on others not so much (must try harder, Nexus One).

The days of Android angst and irritation could soon be over thanks to Google’s acquisition of BlindType, a text input tool that takes your inaccurate gobbledegook and turns it into real words. So if you typed ‘vesitodym’, BlindType knows you meant to say ‘beautiful’. It just knows. Check out the video below for a more impressive demonstration.

In a blog post announcing the acquisition, the BlindType team said, “We’re excited to join Google, and look forward to the great opportunities for mobile innovation that lie ahead.” Could we see Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) coming bundled with BlindType rather than Swype, the text input dujour?

[via Android Community]


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