Chinese Swype on the Way…Introducing Aeviou (Video!)
As a Nexus S user myself , I’ve been lucky enough to be able to join the Android beta testing group for the legendary text-input app Swype (check out a video here). The app basically allows you to input text with one finger at incredible speeds with many less spelling mistakes than the typical Qwerty keyboard on touch-screens. Well four students (范晔, 傅承彦, 夏嘉斌, 董浩亮) from Shanghai Jiao Tong University have developed Aeviou to be the equivalent of Swype, but optimized for Chinese users.
The name is essentially conceived out of the concept behind the keyboard app–a simplified QWERTY keyboard sans the vowels and the letter “v.” The remaining letters are the starting alphabets of the 412 PinYin combinations and when pressed, the surrounding letters change to the possible letter combinations. This lets you literally swipe through the letters with ease just like you would with Swype. Aeviou claims that their speed tests show an increase of more than 3x against other input methods. – TNW
The developers are currently testing the app with Android, so hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on this one as well.
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