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Linux phone stack gains predictive typing option

Jan 17, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Trolltech has agreed to resell Zi Corporation's predictive typing and auto-correction software for mobile devices with full hardware or software keyboards. The eZiType stack will be available pre-integrated with Qtopia Phone Edition (QPE), through Trolltech's Greensuite third-party… ecosystem, Trolltech said.

Trolltech previously resold similar Zi products for phones with numeric keypads, as has competitor Access. Both keypad and keyboard versions support both Chinese and alphabetic languages, Trolltech noted.

The newly available eZiType stack for full keyboards aims to improve typing speed and spelling accuracy, by automatically presenting word corrections for misspelled words. It also uses predictive text technology to reduce keystrokes, as illustrated in the screenshots below. Trolltech will receive royalties for every handset enabled with the technology, it said.

eZiType's (l-r) word completion, spell check, missing letter check, and duplicate letter check

Stated Haavard Nord, Trolltech CEO, “Zi has shown through its work with us on the Greenphone last year that it offers a complete solution.”

Stated Zi CEO Milos Djokovic, “Following the success of eZiText and Decuma on the Greenphone, we are delighted that Trolltech has chosen to take our solution to the next level.”

More information on eZiType is available here.

One recently announced Qtopia phone with a full keyboard is Wistron NeWeb Corp.'s PDA and Dual Net Phone-GW4 (pictured above), rumored to be the “first Android phone.”

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