Score one for RIM’s engineers in the “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” category for BlackBerry 10. Kevin @CrackBerry spotted a new iOS iPhone tweak for jailbroken devices that tries to mimic the BlackBerry 10 keyboard RIM showed at BlackBerry World. This rip off is called the Octopus keyboard and is scheduled to be released as early as next week in the jailbreak app store Cydia. I have also been asking contacts at RIM if they have a patent on the BlackBerry 10 keyboard and still have not heard officially one way or another. Still its nice to see competitors copying BlackBerry 10 before it is released.
Obviously RIM’s implementation is going to have a much better polish and technology than a jailbreak tweak but it speaks to the fact that the iOS keyboard is aging. If you really look at it the BlackBerry 10 and the PlayBook OS are currently the youngest large mobile OS out there with iOS soon the be the big dinosaur in the room.
Check out the Octopus Keyboard demo video below done by iDownloadBlog