The Typo is dead, huzzah! BlackBerry has settled its lawsuit against the makers of the the terrible Ryan Seacrest-backed snap-on physical keyboard for iPhones.
You might recall that Seacrest’s Typo made a big splash a few years ago when it was first released. The design was an obvious homage to the old-school BlackBerry keyboard that many were addicted to. And as such, it was a blatant violation of BlackBerry patents—so the Canadian manufacturer sued Typo, LLC—which ended up being fined nearly $900,000 dollars (£591k) when it violated an injunction against selling the keyboard.
Now the lawsuit has been settled for an undisclosed amount. As part of the settlement, Typo’s makers have “agreed to permanently discontinue selling anywhere in the world keyboards for smartphones and mobile devices with a screen size of less than 7.9 inches.”
As we learned when we reviewed the Typo a while back, it’s totally crap. So good riddance. I didn’t think I would say this ever again, but thank you, BlackBerry! Hey Ryan Seacrest—you just got owned by the most pathetic company in technology. Quite an accomplishment.