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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by ExB preDICT Android, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. ExB preDICT Android

    ExB preDICT Android New Member
    Thread Starter

    Feb 27, 2010
    Dear all,

    we just have launched our Android version of ExB preDICT text input.
    It models your language by continuous next word prediction: You open a
    text field and it suggests words, if you tap one, you'll automatically get
    follow up words.


    As it's an IME (Input Method Editor), it works with every app
    (e-mail, SMS, Facebook, chats..).
    It forgives typos and adapts to your style & vocabulary.
    There is ample ways to configure it.
    This is a very young application, we want to learn from you
    guys how to improve it (please email to android dot support
    at exb dash predict dot de). That's why we offer it for 2 Euros
    for a limited time.

    We have it in 74 languages and will put these subsequently
    to the Market, please let us know which ones you would
    like to see next.

    Hey, and we can make combined dictionaries, for example
    English + French, so that you don't have to go to a menu
    to switch: Please let us know what combinations you'd be interested in.

    Our website: home - preDICT [en]
    You can see it in action in this youtube video about PTPT a software
    of our sister company: YouTube - Game Changer Petit Petit Turns Data into Knowledge

    (from minute 4:00, I think).

    As this is an IME, not an App, it'll not appear in your Apps folder after
    installation. Instead please activate it in Settings/Locale and then
    long-tap in a textfield to change the input method from the standard
    Android Keyboard to ExB preDICT. You only have to do that once.

    Hint: you can delete whole words when you make a gesture from right to
    left in the candidate field.

    We really hope you like it!


    Ramin Assadollahi, CEO


  2. CXXV

    CXXV Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Does not work with HTC ERIS:(
  3. jfritzs2

    jfritzs2 Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of the new Apple Macbook Wheel -

    YouTube - Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

    Interesting, but I would much rather just have a developer create a really nice keyboard rather than a app that I hunt for words with. It just makes sense that a user would prefer to think for themselves rather than an app, and with a little practice with any keyboard you can type a lot faster than searching for words like this. But good effort and good design!
  4. ExB preDICT Android

    ExB preDICT Android New Member
    Thread Starter

    Feb 27, 2010
    Dear CXXV,

    what exactly does not work? We found that some users actually don't realize that the software is an IME (Input Method Editor). It will not appear in your Apps-Folder. You will have to activate it in Settings/Locale and then long-tap in an empty text field to change from the standard Android Keyboard to ExB preDICT. You'll have to does this only once. It's a defined procedure on Android phones, nothing that we have defined...
  5. ExB preDICT Android

    ExB preDICT Android New Member
    Thread Starter

    Feb 27, 2010
    Lol, thanks for the MacBook Wheel. I had almost forgotten that.
    But actually that video is a good point. The Wheel is tedious and
    We have designed the software not so much to make people lighting
    fast (the average user gets faster, QWERTY-wizards won't), but
    the software is more convenient to our test users and there is a couple
    of reasons:
    - words are easer to tap than single letters
    - we can show statistically on large amounts of text
    that the top 5 candidates actually account for 50% of
    the words you want to write.
    - the cloud based design leads to better salience of
    these top 5 candidates: They pop out and the eye jumps
    relatively automatically to them, the second means for
    finding them is the alphabet. English will have "a" mostly
    in the upper left corner and "you" in the lower right (if these
    are appropriate in the present context).
    - we also did user testings with the cloud switched off
    (= no variation in size and color, no alphabetical ordering)
    this in fact leads to much longer search times (which is
    what you would criticize).
    - people actually don't want to practice, they want to
    use the software right away. In the past, there were so many
    different keyboard layouts, none of them worked for the
    masses. Yes, you maybe get faster if you train, but normal
    people don't want to. Tapping a predicted word is easy, there's
    nothing to learn.
    - we did make the keyboard a bit more convenient: 1) you can
    (to some degree) misspell words and the right word will still
    be found, 2) many of the accents like umlauts are recognized
    right away without the need for the user to long-tap the "a" for
    an "
  6. jfritzs2

    jfritzs2 Well-Known Member


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