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BlindType Acquired by Google!

Been wondering what happened to BlindType, the keyboard company thats demo videos took the world by storm?  They were hiding in a room secretly negotiating terms to a deal with Google it looks like.  The company announced today that the search megatron has acquired them…

We are excited to announce that BlindType has been acquired by Google!

We want to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and positive feedback.
We know that typing on your mobile device can be a frustrating experience, which is why
we’ve worked hard to make touch typing easier and faster than ever – the way it should be.

We’re excited to join Google, and look forward to the great opportunities for mobile innovation that lie ahead.

The BlindType team

If you aren’t familiar with BlindType, just understand that they created a keyboard technology that lets you type messages without being even slightly accurate.  You can essentially type blindly and still get the results you intended.  A few videos of their keyboard in action circulated a couple of months ago and people were instantly blown away.

BlindType in action on Android:

So does this mean BlindType will be included in future Android builds?  Wouldn’t that be amazing.

Via: BlindType Blog

Cheers Curtis!

  • I am facing some issue with this is that I have is the application is huge at over 8 MB. When using a device that forces you to ye such a small internal memory then apps over 5 MB become a luxury some can’t afford.

  • aaronvail

    I'm so excited for this! its great!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    so I could type “I will be late for dinner” and the user might get “I am going to kill you!”


  • n0m0n

    Any beta to play with floating around?

  • PhoneFritz

    Oh my Gosh, This is going to be great!
    Hmm…. BlindType vs. Swype?
    Whatcha guys think?

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  • briderx

    I tuordvrgus vjuvdkt udubg xegod..

    • PigHeaded

      that joke was already done dude….

      • briderx

        U cg ioued chndj d snsr..

  • I hope it is free, but I would consider paying for though. I fat finger on my Droid all the time and I dont have fat fingers! Nice pickup Google!


  • digitalicecream

    I'm really curious how this will pan itself out… will this be free? If it is then Swype will suffer, to an extent. But the idea of swyping beats the pants off of tap tap tap no matter how accurate or inaccurate I am. Let's face it, show your iphone friends swype, and they are floored.

  • InvaderDJ

    Yeah, it looks cool but without any actual software we don't know how good it is. Hopefully we get a good look at it with Gingerbread.

  • El El Kool J

    Ok so what about when you put your email or username or password in.. will it try to make a different word? I sure hope not.. plus I could never get rid of SWYPE for this.. 😛 maybe they can combine the 2 together.. 🙂

    • PigHeaded

      Hell Yeah. It would be really cool to be able to Swype not just on the keyboard….like on my girlfriend's a$$ while I'm….

  • thats pretty cool, what would be cooler if we could actually download it and see if it lives up to the hype

  • JTE

    Looks too good to be true. But I will reserve judgement until I can give it a try.

    As a side note, I hope they can correct the issue with swype and how it handles text input in the browser. It was much easier before it updated with froyo

  • Stephen D

    Off Topic but I got a Fascinate today with the free phone friday promo and replaced my Droid. I am so happy with the upgrade. I've rooted and removed(well, froze in Titanium) Bing and the VZ Bloatware, installed LauncherPro, replaced Bing with a Google package that corrects everything to Google, installed a new Google Maps car home, and installed Clockwork Mod recovery. This phone absolutely blow the Droid, Dinc, DX, D2, Evo, and everything else away in sheer speed. It is so fast with no lag. Plus, my device is pretty close to stock now. I love the screen and size of it. My one complaint is the quiet speaker. Hopefully the devs will figure out some sort of hack to increase the volume of it. Now it needs the Froyo update and ROMs. But I can wait. It's faster than any 2.2 device I've used.

    • Lakerzz

      Thats fascinating…sorry, I had to…lol

    • Ceewiz

      Run quadrant and linpack then compare to stock droid x's. I guarantee it's not faster.

      • Ceewiz

        With 2.2 of course

      • Stephen D

        It is much faster in day to day use. It also does way better in the graphics benchmarks. It does weak in benchmarks because it doesn't have Froyo(CPU) and the Samsung file system needs improvements(I/O).

        • Mrpicolas

          As we have stated before these benchmarks are flawed at best cyanogen has shown us a 9000 score on a g1 which we know is not capable on that handset

          • Stephen D

            Thanks, but did you mean to reply to Ceewiz?

          • Mrpicolas

            More than likely was being lazy oops weekend time lol…

            Driod-Life writer, moderator

  • The350zWolf

    I don't know about this…humm… I think I'll wait for a company that develop a keyboard that reads my mind and then send the SMS automatically. Maybe a future feature included in Gingerbread :^)

    Have a great weekend Droid-Lifers. Peace.

  • Ixobelle

    Swype > *.*

    • The350zWolf

      Count me in as a Swypee ;^)

      • Davidcosmejr

        I'm a Swyper, but would consider moving to Blind Type if it were more accurate. Swype does a pretty good job, but is not perfect. I'm sure Blind Type won't be either. I'll jump on board with whichever has better accuracy.

    • tjpeco

      I agree. Swype does the same damn thing and you don't have to move your finger off the screen.

      I've tried nearly every different keyboard out there and swype is far and away the best.

      • leanbarton

        Swype does not the do the same things.

      • realigion

        Umm, no. You haven't tried BlindType.
        They're not the same thing. BlindType uses taps, yes, but it doesn't register key hits by where you actually hit the keyboard, it's instead relative to the distances between keys.
        (I think)

      • Android is about options. I love a healthy variation between each keyboard. {{-_-}}

  • joben

    As great as this looks, one has to wonder if it's too good to be true. I imagine, though, it's just going to take a bit of use and adding to the custom dictionary and stuff. This should be great.

  • Michael_NM

    Just when I thought it couldn't get any better than SwiftKey or Swype… The beauty of Android is it keeps exceeding expectations, at least mine anyway!

  • MachineGun68

    I had the whole sentence typed in half that time with Swype. Although that is an improvement, Swype has them beat.

  • Very nice, this should definitely help the stock keyboard accuracy.

  • Well I just hope this doesn't turn out like gizmo5 http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/google-welcomes-gizmo5.html and bumptop http://bumptop.com/ and become another service that google snatches up and just sits on

    • karl

      The gizmo5 acquisition was probably instrumental in the voip addition to Gmail. The bumptop acquisition will probably be used in chrome is which is still in its infancy.

  • never heard of this until today. sounds awesome!

  • eryk

    sucks for apple. haha

    • Not really. Their fanboys will continue saying “IF IT JUST 'WORKS', WHY BOTHER ALLOWING PEOPLE TO REPLACE IT???” Most of them seem to prefer not having any choices

      • they are brainwashed into being locked down with no choices. they are used to one path and not having any freedom to do what they want on their phones.

        • I think the reason they will always keep a sizable market share, even as Android surpasses them, is because “the average user” (the technologically-impaired) can't handle choices because they're incapable of understanding the differences, benefits, etc. And for a lot of people, as long as the i*hone works, they really don't want choices because it feels too complicated.

          • Anonymous

            I disagree. I think Apple users love the idea of being Apple users. Droid’s are as simple and as intuitive as Iphones are, having owned both I don’t see one as more intuitive than the other. However, the ability to make my phone unique to me and the fantastic signal quality of my phone makes me a Droid/Verizon die hard.

          • Beka27

            Android is as complicated or as simple as the user wants/is comfortable with…

          • Beka27

            Android is as complicated or as simple as the user wants/is comfortable with…

          • Anonymous

            Choice means Work to the lazy and simple minded. I had a lady with and iPhone look at my Android and all of the customization options that were available to me and said, that, “It is too complicated! I just want a simple phone and the iPhone is simple enough for me!”

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  • Cory

    CAN I HAZ BL1NDTYP3 KEEEBAORED PL0X!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?

  • fiiiiiiiiinally!

  • This is fantastik news and makes complete sense. Definitely will be a competitive advantage (if no one sues over it).

  • RoadsterHD1

    where can i get it!!!!

  • They probably use them to help improve the stock keyboard dramatically.

  • Gardner24

    Wow this should really help out that crappy stock keyboard

  • still don't see the practical use of this

    • so peoples texts dont come out as a crossword puzzle.

    • maax

      you can be a lot more lazy with your typing 🙂

    • Curtisthefox

      Driving and texting at the same time… duh!!! LOL, just kidding… but seriously ha ha. (Even though it's illegal here in OR)

    • villian1998

      For those late nights when your drunk texting, so people will never know when you're drunk again <—- That sounds like a slogan!!

      • This will single handily kill texts from last .com

  • sc4fpse

    BlindType: Now EXCLUSIVELY on Android. Heck yeah.

    • Who said anything about exclusivity? Google can now do what they want with it. Heck, if I were them, I'd just give it to any phone that uses google as the defaults (even if the phones aren't android powered, remember they don't make money off Android anyway) and deny those that use Bing (wouldn't that be great?)

      • Anonymous

        As long as I can ROM my phone whether its BING or GOOGLE I will make it what I want it to be. And I say sell the app to iphones Google! More market penetration into iphone land means more folks thinking about Google, which in turns leads to more phones, better phones, and a win-win for us.

        • pssh you really think Steve Jobs would let them sell the app in their app store?

          • Anonymous


          • There’s no way. They don’t allow better keyboards in the app store. Heck, they banned google voice for “doing things the iPhone already does” (we all know the iPhone doesn’t do what google voice does). There’s no way Steve Jobs would let it into the app store, as he would have to admit that the stock keyboard isn’t good enough for some people. That is something Apple will never admit.

        • Anonymous

          I guess I’m of a different mindset. The iPhone has always been considered to have the best keyboard in the industry. At a college football game yesterday, watching the guy next to me type on his keyboard got me a little jealous. I was amazed that he could type with such accuracy on a smaller screen than my Droid.

          Don’t make a version for the iPhone. Make Android’s keyboard infinitely better, and iPhone users will no longer see the poor Android keyboard as a barrier for them. That will get people thinking about Android.

          • Anonymous

            Iphone users dont look over your shoulder to see how well your phone takes input, trust me. Which means unless Google gets into iphoneland they will never get exposed to Google unless Apple wants them to.

          • Anonymous

            Next time just pull down your REAL keyboard on the Droid and Type away! That will get the attention of the iPhoner!

          • Try Smart Keyboard Pro. I’ve been using it for a long time now. It lets you customize the keyboard and one of the layouts is the iPhone keyboard. I went with the HTC layout, though. I.love.not.having.the.tiny.spacebar.anymore!