Fleksy's Predictive Touch Keyboard Comes to iOS Apps with New Developer Tools

fleksy_logoFleksy today announced that its predictive touch keyboard is now available for iOS developers to incorporate into their apps through an SDK, allowing developers to replace the default iOS keyboard with Fleksy's popular alternative keyboard.

Fleksy's keyboard includes a number of features including sophisticated prediction and autocorrection, as well as swipe-based functions such as space and delete. The Verge has more on the launch:

Bringing Fleksy to other iOS apps is not without its challenges. Unlike Android, which is open to all sorts of third-party keyboard creations, Apple gives you its keyboard and nothing else. Developers can build their own special keyboards on an app-by-app basis, though it's uncommon. Google's done that with a handful of its iOS apps, while Wolfram Alpha's special search app keyboard takes up nearly the entire screen with custom buttons. Although it was rumored Apple was considering opening up to third-party keyboard makers, ultimately it didn't. But it did throw developers a bone by simplifying its software tools, says Fleksy founder Ioannis Verdelis.

"With every new version of iOS the work required on our part to build a keyboard SDK has reduced significantly," he says. "We're [now] doing stuff on iOS that integrates the keyboard deeper than it's ever been integrated."


Fleksy's iOS SDK initiative launches today with four apps:

- BlindSquare: Combines location and FourSquare information to assist visually impaired users in their daily lives [Direct Link]

- GV Connect: Phone and SMS client for Google Voice users [Direct Link]

- Launch Center Pro: Application launcher with shortcuts for frequently accessed tasks [Direct Link]

- Wordbox: Clean and simple text editor [Direct Link]

Fleksy plans to continue work with select app developers to bring its keyboard to their apps, eventually moving to open up the program to all interested developers.

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mikemch16 Avatar
137 months ago
Worst Ad Ever!

That ad was so bad. I am not any closer to knowing what it was and have no desire for it.
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terrywfoster Avatar
137 months ago
So I type random characters to make legit words? Seems like a hassle to me.
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137 months ago
But iOS actually does this pretty well already... without having annoying swipe gestures for each word?
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FSMBP Avatar
137 months ago
So basically you just want iOS to become Android.

More Features does not equal Android.
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Rogifan Avatar
137 months ago
Some of the long-wanted features that iOS has yet to add: 3rd party keyboards, improved file management, and the ability to set defaults for system apps such as email, calendar, browser, etc. If iOS 8 can get that done, while improving some of the UI issues and occasional lag in iOS 7, then it will be a win. More widget options for notification center (especially better weather), live home screen icons, and control center customization would be icing on the cake.

Glad to see this and hopefully it will add some pressure on Apple to implement official support across iOS.

So basically you just want iOS to become Android.
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FirstNTenderbit Avatar
137 months ago
You asked for it

Some of the long-wanted features that iOS has yet to add: 3rd party keyboards, improved file management, and the ability to set defaults for system apps such as email, calendar, browser, etc. If iOS 8 can get that done, while improving some of the UI issues and occasional lag in iOS 7, then it will be a win. More widget options for notification center (especially better weather), live home screen icons, and control center customization would be icing on the cake.

Glad to see this and hopefully it will add some pressure on Apple to implement official support across iOS.

Be prepared for the inevitable "You should just buy an Android." I completely disagree with that sentiment btw. What you are asking for is more control in an environment (iOS) that you like. The bolded portion of your comment is a part of my wish list as well. None of the requests are unreasonable and they don't degrade the user experience. I think the ability for me to customize iOS to my personal likes would enhance the user experience; the user being me (not everyone using iOS). The widgets and such don't interest me as much, but to each his own. The ability to tailor your device to your needs is a very attractive idea to me.
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