So our pals at CrackBerry have been killing it with their BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 coverage. Killing it. But in keeping an eye on it -- remember that part of BB's MO now is to just use Android applications -- something looked strangely familiar.
See, the third-party Android keyboard I use loves to mock me by suggesting "Collins" every time I type my name. Phil Collins. Har. Only, the PlayBook does that, too. Odd. Either somebody has a strange sense of humor (and/or is stalking me), or perhaps that keyboard has leapt from Android to BlackBerry.
That keyboard is SwiftKey.
A couple more pieces of evidence:
Read Write Web in its write-up of PB 2.0 mentions a "SwiftKey-like auto correctoin and predictive word completion." Not just suggestions and auto-correct, but "SwiftKey-like." Maybe they're just fans of the Android keyboard, though.
But then there's this: In the course of writing an e-mail, we typed the name "Ben." What was suggested? Franklin? Roethlisberger? Vareen? Nope. Medlock. Not-so-coincidently, Ben Medlock is Swiftkey's chief technical officer, whom we've met before on the Android side of things.
Dammit, RIM. Is there nothing from Android you won't take?