For those who don’t really know yet, Swiftkey is a British company that makes those cool third party keyboards on Android smartphones and tablets, and helps in auto-completing your sentences by suggesting the next word.
Yes, that one. Now, it has been confirmed by industry sources that this smart keyboard is coming to the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0.
Words of Swiftkey coming to the OS began to make rounds after users found one of Swiftkey’s Easter eggs in the new Playbook OS. RIM has not confirmed or denied this, but we get to hear the two companies have come together and the awesome keyboard is coming to the OS.
Now, Swiftkey had announced that their new SDK will allow original equipment manufacturers, to take the basics of the Swiftkey keyboard to create their own smart keyboard.
This basically means the smart keyboard will be smarter when it arrives on a new device, say on the PlayBook and presumably the BB10 OS devices.
Word has it that RIM is thinking about ditching the hardware QWERTY keyboards in favor of all touch devices. And the Swiftkey deal is one big step in the direction.
The SDK will apparently enables other consumer technology devices, beyond tablets and smartphones, to receive the benefits of Swiftkey’s unique language engine.
We have already seen interesting applications of our language engine in Smart TVs and assistive technology devices, Dr Ben Medlock, CTO of Swiftkey has been heard saying.