'Swype' Offers New Way to Type On Touch Phones
Today Swype announced new text prediction technology for touch phones. Swype works by allowing users to swipe the letters of a word on the software QWERTY keyboard of a touch phone to spell them. For example, to spell the word "phone" a user would place their finger on the "p" and then (while keeping pressure on the screen) slide their finger to the "h", "o" and so on. When the user lifts her/his finger, the word will appear in the text box. If there are multiple matches to a given pattern on the keyboard, Swype will offer suggestions that can be easily inserted into a text box. It works with a finger or stylus, and Swype claims that adept users can reach typing speeds of 30 words per minute. Swype was created by Cliff Kushler, co-inventor of the T9 predictive text technology. It can be used across a wide array of software platforms and form factors. It will be launching on the Samsung Omnia II with Verizon Wireless on December 2.
Qualcomm Debuts Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Tech
Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Sense ID, a new fingerprint scanning technology that makes a 3D map of a fingerprint using ultrasonic technology. It's designed to integrate into phone bezels.
Google Debuts Handwriting Keyboard
Google today made available a new keyboard for Android devices that allows people to handwrite text in 82 languages rather than type on the keys. According to Google, the main features allow for printed and script handwriting recognition, voice input, and emoji support.
Microsoft Sending Invites for Word Flow Keyboard
Microsoft has begun inviting people who registered to test its Word Flow keyboard to download the app from the iTunes App Store. Microsoft had been testing the alternate keyboard in a closed beta, but started accepting signups earlier this month.
Microsoft Adds GIF Search to Its iPhone Keyboard
Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard now features a search tool for finding GIFs, images, and emojis. The search functionality also allows iPhone owners to find contacts and look up restaurants.
I've seen this work...
except Windows Mobile that work more than 2 years!
Android, iPhone, and Windows Tablet PC will be available soon for download
soâ€¦. Donâ€™t type it, just SlideIT!
(unfortunately, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be able to make it part of the open-source android reference platform, for intellectual property reasons; but, still, I'd love to see it available)
Nice keyboard...still not gonna buy the Omnia
And 7 will be even more different. More touch friendly, and now WinMo has a app market place.