RIM was recently granted a patent for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 predictive text engine. This is great for RIM and hopefully will be able to utilize it’s patent holding in the future. The patents abstract is as following:
handheld electronic device includes a reduced QWERTY keyboard and is enabled with disambiguation software. The device provides output in the form of a default output and a number of variants. The output is based largely upon the frequency, i.e., the likelihood that a user intended a particular output, but various features of the device provide additional variants that are not based solely on frequency and rather are provided by various logic structures resident on the device. The device enables editing during text entry and also provides a learning function that allows the disambiguation function to adapt to provide a customized experience for the user. The disambiguation function can be selectively disabled and an alternate keystroke interpretation system provided. Additionally, the device can facilitate the selection of variants by displaying a graphic of a special <NEXT> key of the keypad that enables a user to progressively select variants generally without changing the position of the user’s hands on the device.
What this Abstract is saying is that RIM’s patent covers the process that the keyboard will learn what you are trying to say by factoring in words you use all the time, as well as common phrases. Though, you will still have control over skipping over the spelling correction/word substitution it will not force it on you. All this can be done without moving your hands from the keyboard surface unlike other soft keyboards that you have to click the word substitute to stop it from coming.
What is also great to point out here is that this Patent was filed back in May of 2011. So, RIM has been working on this idea for over a year. Who’s to say RIM hasn’t been innovating all along! They just needed to have an OS core that could handle their innovations.