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Remember Blind Type? It’s the New Ice Cream Sandwich Keyboard

Everyone remember Blind Type? This was the keyboard that never actually became available on Android, but was teased a couple of times as one that could let you type “blindly” and still create perfect sentences. It would predict the words you were attempting to type based upon the vicinity of the letters you had hit. The video of it in action was all the rage, but when Google bought them before they offered anything to the public, most of us continued to hope that some day we would see the technology built into a version of Android. That time is now with Ice Cream Sandwich.

As you can see in the demo I put together below, the keyboard works better than expected at predicting words that I was spamming off in all directions. You will notice that while each word is being typed, it gives you options that can be selected as well (similar to Swiftkey). And just in case it didn’t pick up the exact word or offer me a proper solution, it also does a phenomenal job at offering up replacement words that you may have meant through a pull down menu. I tried to type the message below as fast as I could to see how it would perform – I’d say it handled my jumbled jargon quite nicely.  


  • Anonymous

    now, what about BumpTop….

  • Funny, i was just thinking about Blind Type the other day haha.

  • geno villafano

    Bah! As if I put thought into the things I type. 

  • Anonymous


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  • Anonymous

    Well…………that is absolutely glorious!!

  • Anonymous

    I was just thinking about what the heck google had done with this keyboard. This is awesome news!

  • Anonymous

    Wonder if this video was sped up at all?

  • Umm…why is sandwich seen as a misspelled word?

  • Anonymous

    Step 1. Get Galaxy Nexus. Step 2. Load Switkey X.


  • Holy crap, Gasaraki is the BlindType spam bot.  Yes, we’ve seen the videos and it doesn’t make it any more impressive.  SwiftKey auto corrects just as well and also predicts what I’m going to type next.  Win.  

    Why the hell would I want to type without a keyboard on the screen? 

  • Ron Perlman’s Jaw

    I didn’t count, but it looks like you manually corrected more than it auto corrected.

  • Anonymous

    Was thinking about buying Swiftkey X in the market today, but I won’t even use it only I get the Galaxy Nexus! I’m glad Google took the Blind Type keyboard and made it the ICS one.

  • I don’t remener blind type much less all the times I typed when I was “blind” and regretted it the next day.

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome! I just made an appt to pick mine up Friday! Sorry Rezound…

  • Gasaraki

    NO F ing WAY! This is awesome that they finally are putting this to good use.

  • Dshudson

    Why not just Swype, that was the worst display ever, I would Swype circles around you my friend. 

  • Anonymous

    My biggest issue when I switched from iOS to Android was how bad it was at guessing my mistakes.

  • Anonymous

    I am still a Swype fan. It will take quite a bit to pry my fingers away from Swyping. Will give it a try though!

  • Swype is still faster and even faster at replacing words too.  If they combined forces, the keyboard world would really be rocking then!

  • Still not as impressive as SwiftKey.  Getting closer though.  

  • Now maybe I can get my husband to toss his enV touch and come to the android side!!!

    • LOL. That’s a big jump. I know, cuz I went from the touch to the Razr. Can you say s t r u g g l i n g??? Me & him can start a support group!

  • still a huge fan of gesture typing (Swype/Flex T9 style), so will probably keep using Flex in ICS.

    • Jeff Calander

      Touchpal > Swype/Flex T9/Swiftkey

  • Anonymous

    This is not blind type.

    • No, it’s not.  But chances are, since Google acquired BlindType, they took some of the principles and integrated it into the default ICS keyboard.  BlindType, as we knew it, is probably dead.

      • Anonymous

        But WHY Blind type is so awesome….. It should be available in the market… I’d buy it.

  • Sean Bello

    i’d be all in on this if it pulled suggestions from your previous texts like SwiftKey

  • ylexot

    Sooo…it’s like Swype except that you have to pick your fingers up?

  • Anonymous

    ok so the ICS keyboard is “Blind type?” what about the ICS keyboards on the market? Are they Blind Type?

  • viewthis74

    love it… now can i buy the phone, please…

  • KB

    Should be called Drunk Type…this would help so many people with late night texting! BUT it would also make those night much less exciting/hilarious the next morning…

    • Love the idea…and then using the NFC chip it can automatically lockdown your car’s ignition if there are too many errors! 

      •  if I had kids, i’d do it if they used “txt” language.
        one too many texts that say “u no wut he sed?” and they’d have to wait an hour before they’re allowed to drive >:|

  • EC8CH

    Too bad Verizon is Blocking the stock ICS keyboard app in their version of the G-Nex.

    They say it’s because in order to work as architected by Google, the stock ICS keyboard needs to be integrated into a new, secure and proprietary hardware element in our phones so that it can read your mind.

    • Anonymous

      I would be surprisingly cool with this. Can [email protected] do this? I’ll sign up to be a beta tester with an Adruino board in my head.

    • makes sense
      there are too many typing risks taking place!

    • LOL. I nearly believed what you said because Verizon WOULD do something like that…again.

      • Anonymous

        No they wouldn’t – and you anti verizon trolls are petty, petty people.

        This whole Google Wallet tempest in a teapot ordeal has really made me sour on the whole Android community.
        I thought we were the mature ones in the smart phone arena.

        • Sirx

          You wrong, bro?

        • EC8CH

          I think determining what system will become the standard in mobile payment is a pretty important issue.  If VZW is blocking a competitors system from market without good cause, I think they are deserving of a little internet scorn. 

          • Illegitimi non Carborundum

            And good cause isn’t spending millions of dollars with AT&T and TMobile to create a different standard? Is Google the only company allowed to do this? Sheesh…

          • Anonymous

            Noone has any complaint about ISIS doing their own wallet app, but they should compete on an even playing field and let the customers decide what to use

          • Redoregon

            From what I’ve read, you can still sideload.

          • Anonymous

            Sure, and I will indeed root the phone and run what I want to run.  The issue is, 99.99% of users will not know they can or if they do know that, they won’t know how.  This is really lame anticompetitive behavior and Verizon should be slammed loudly for it.

          • EC8CH

            So if they spend millions of dollars that gives them justification to block a similar product from their network to avoid competition? Is Verizon the only company that doesn’t have to worry about breaking antitrust law? Sheesh…

      • Scott Mathison

        yall are verizon haters..if you hate verizon that much leave the service

    • Hah too good.

    • Anonymous

      The keyboard is in the market and has been for some time. search for johntanmi and or ice cream sandwich keyboard.

      • EC8CH


  • Windows Phone 7 WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU I mean its a good phone system but really?

  • Anonymous

    Two thumbs up and ready set, type!

  • Peter

    I KNEW IT 

  • Nicholas Brouhard

    I have been waiting for this!!!

  • mike

    how are you recording this from the phone? is it like a screenshot?

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit, it’s like SwiftKey on crack. I like it. Though I did spend $2 on Black Friday for SwiftKey…oh well.

    • Anonymous

      it’s 10 cents now 🙂 thought i did buy it at full price a while ago

      • Anonymous

        I got it free from Amazon.  And now the Android market thinks I bought it from them so it shows purchased, but I can’t actually buy it on the market.  I wanted to buy it from the Market so I don’t keep getting updates a week after release.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have to look at the keyboard for Swiftkey X.  Just get in the general area and it is almost always correct.  The only key I find that I have to actually hit directly is the space bar.

    • YES! They need to fix this. I often find that I type multiple words together as one or I’ll have rogue periods everywhere. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah I oftenmhavemwords that are m=space.  I have gotten better at avoiding it, but when typing fast I still hit it at times.

  • MAN!!! I wish I had ICS on my phone but T-mobile probably won’t push it to the HTC Sensation 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Have you tested it against the Gingerbread keyboard? I thought that one was virtually occult in its prediction algorithm.

  • MFG

    I mean, we’re not SURE it is in ICS…

  • That’s still too many mistakes for me… I think SwiftKey actually works a bit better than this. 

  • Guest

    Isn’t that what Swiftkey does already?

    • Anonymous

      There is a slight difference. SwiftKey does have an Accuracy/Speed option that promotes blind typing (I can’t out of principle call it touch typing) but it’s focus definitely seems to be on the predictive typing that saves keystrokes as opposed to powerful correction that allows you to type accurately without looking at the keyboard.

    • Anonymous

      I’m guessing you never saw the original blindtype demo? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9b8NlMd79w

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I’m talking about. It really does not seem to perform the same way. Right?

  • Anonymous

    It’s so good, it can auto-correct Ray Charles.

    Too soon?

    • I see what you did there =p

      • Anonymous

        But Ray Charles can’t.

        Because he’s dead.

        • EC8CH

          I didn’t see that punch line coming.

    • I don’t see what you did there 😛

      • HotSauceMagik

        I’m not sure if anyone else sees what you did there, but I want you to know I did.  and I like it.

      • Anonymous

        I see what you did here.

      • is this still part of the Ray Charles joke?

      • with big smile and swaying behind a piano…Ray Charles is a classic

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  • Dominick DeVito

    Great job Google.

    Great read Kellex. Cheers!

  • I’m waiting for Psychic Type: it will predict what I want to say before I even think of it.

  • Those sneaky people at Google 😉

  • Anonymous