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No More Typo Errors on Google Smartphones? [Patent Overview]

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Google, an American technology giant, is always busy creating new products and making the existing technologies they already have even better. This week, we’re excited to share some news about a special idea from Google that could change the way we use keyboards on our smartphones.

We teamed up with David from @xleaks7 to bring you an exclusive look at Google’s latest patent. This patent has the potential to transform virtual keyboards on smartphones, making them more precise and helping us save time. Ultimately, it will enhance the experience for people who use Google smartphones.

Let’s dive deeper into this exciting patent from Google, which aims to address the problem of typo errors when using virtual keyboards on smartphones. One common frustration users face is that smartphone screens are often too small to accommodate a comfortable-sized virtual keyboard, leading to frequent typos. These errors require manual corrections, which can be time-consuming and annoying.

However, it appears that Google has come up with an ingenious solution. According to the patent, Google smartphones will employ spatial and language models to predict the most likely next keys based on typing patterns.

Technology that automatically predicts and fixes typo and spacing errors
Technology that automatically predicts and fixes typo and spacing errors / Image: Pigtou.com

The spatial model takes advantage of a heatmap that captures previous touch inputs made by the user. A heatmap is a visual representation that illustrates the density of touch inputs across different areas of the virtual keyboard. By analyzing this heatmap, the spatial model can identify the regions or keys that the user is most likely trying to target with their touch input.

On the other hand, the language model focuses on analyzing the sequence of touch inputs and comparing the current position with one or more predicted next keys. This model is trained on patterns of typing sequences and common word combinations, allowing it to make predictions about the keys the user is most likely to press next.

The next step involves evaluating the information provided by both the spatial model and the language model. The method compares the actual touch position with the candidate keys suggested by these models and selects the one that best matches the user’s touch input. This intelligent system aims to greatly reduce the occurrence of typo errors and improve the accuracy of touch inputs.

But wait, there’s more! The spatial model goes beyond predicting touch inputs. It also has the ability to optimize the appearance of the user’s keyboard to minimize typo errors. Special attention is given to the spacebar, as it is one of the most frequently used keys. Google intends to introduce additional space around the spacebar or position it slightly away from other keys, among other adjustments. These are a few examples of redesigned virtual keyboard on Google smartphones:

3 examples of redesigned virtual keyboards on Google smartphones
3 examples of redesigned virtual keyboards on Google smartphones / Image: Pigtou.com

Moreover, the method also takes into account the language context. It can automatically add or remove spaces within words based on the analysis of the touch inputs. This feature helps streamline the typing process and ensures that users don’t have to manually correct spacing errors.

To ensure the system remains effective, the heatmap database will be continuously updated. It considers recent touch inputs while discarding older ones. Additionally, the technology can identify individual users through authentication input, allowing it to retrieve personalized heatmaps. This personalized approach enables more accurate touch input predictions tailored to each user’s typing behavior.

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