Octopus Keyboard brings BlackBerry 10's predictive keyboard to iPhone [jailbreak]

Octopus Keyboard brings BlackBerry 10's predictive keyboard to iOS devices

A new jailbreak tweak called Octopus Keyboard can bring BlackBerry 10's new predictive keyboard to your iPhone right now. Once installed your keyboard will present you with frequently used words based on what you're currently typing.

The idea behind RIM's new predictive text solution is that, after starting to type a sentence or phrase, you can swipe on the keyboard to auto-complete words. As you type, the keyboard should, in theory, get smarter and learn common phrases and words you type often. You'll notice that words on the keyboard will change as you type them. For example, if you're typing the word "frequently" it may pick it up after a keystroke or two. Just swipe up where it appears above the key and it will accept it. If it doesn't guess the word just keep typing and no auto-suggestions will be used.

This type of keyboard solution may be a great compromise between Swype keyboard technology and basic auto-correction which is what already exists in iOS devices. You don't end up accepting incorrect words by accident and don't have an extra row of data to deal with the way you typically do with Swype devices. BlackBerry's solution doesn't add anything additional to the keyboard but uses space where your fingers already are which minimizes the amount of taps and swipes you have to use.

You can hit the link below to see a demo of BlackBerry 10's new keyboard in action. While BlackBerry users will have to wait until BlackBerry 10, iOS users can check it out now for $4.99. You'll need to install the following repository within Cydia first and then you should be able to search for Octopus Keyboard.


Is this something you'd use on your iPhone regularly or do you think the current auto-correction system is good enough?

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Octopus Keyboard brings BlackBerry 10's predictive keyboard to iPhone [jailbreak]


Very cool - it's kind of hilarious and sad that iOS (release or jailbreak) will have all of the advertised features of BlackBerry 10 before the BlackBerry community gets them. Lol...

Well it's more like iOS users really wanted it so bad that a tweak had to be made right after its been showcased. Just shows how successful the new bb10 will be. Go RIM!

so... canada Kid... U mean how suxcessifool the BB10 keyboard will be... not the BB10 it self ... ait ??? :) DUDE

Not quite - but on the note, it is interesting to compare development cycles. RIM shows something off and before they can even release it, others have started it, tested it, and released it. Sad bro, sad.

People just don't get it, they talk about BB10 features being stolen and re-made in another platform then laugh at RIM, they don't understand that they are going through a transition and are going to release not an upgrade, but an entirely new platform.... Of course you can steal a few features but you can't steal the whole OS...

I agree 100%. Too bad Apple wasn't going through this negative media blitz when Steve Wozniak left the company and Steve Jobs had to turn the company around. There's a lot of hate today but once RIM turns the ship around (hopefully), the haters will jump on board just like they did when Apple managed to turn the ship around. There just isn't enough support for the company nor a second chance. I hope RIM pulls through this speed bump and hits a home run with BB10, I really do mainly because I like having more choices than the obvious iOS and Android platforms.

Well you clearly don't understand the difference between the Java based BBOS and the QNX BB10... A simple Google search of QNX should help you clear things up.
And even at that here are still many markets where BBOS is king....

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Tried it out but found it to be quicker to just type the word out. It is a cool feature but not sure if I'll use it.

what i'd really like, and maybe someone knows a way to do this, but what i'd really like is a way to add words to my dictionary so they stop coming up or getting changed. Like if i type, hypothetically, "hella" or something and spell check wants to change it to "hello" i'd like to be able to force my iphone spell checker to ignore the word "hella" from now on so it henceforth never get's auto corrected.

Settings.app >general > keyboard> shortcuts > + > type word in "phrase" section, leave shortcut blank (or create a shortcut if you want)

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I'm curious who made this "Octopus Keyboard" because isn't the the BB10 keyboard just a port of RIM commissioned port of Swiftkey from Android?

BB10 keyboard is developed as a cooperation with the same company that makes Swiftkey but the BB10 keyboard itself is a completely original idea developed specifically for BlackBerry 10...it is not ported from any Android.

The Octopus keyboard is a lousy copy of the BB10 keyboard but its functionality is far from being that of the original. So saying that iPhone users have the keyboard before BB users is a gross overstatement. They only have a bad copy .
Of course, had the BB10 keyboard been a proprietary of Apple, this dev would have been sued the day he debuted it.

Swiftkey keyboard is IP of TouchType Ltd developed by Cambridge students ... RIMM pays them
lots of wonga ... to get it ported to BBOS

Purchased this, but it didn't seem to work for me. Changed the length of the swipe to short, then medium, and finally long. Neither one worked. The words above the letters were not being applied to the text. Any ideas?