Fleksy Offers Beta Preview as Keyboard Makers Look Forward to iOS 8

Keyboard developer Fleksy today announced that the company has its iOS keyboard alternative running on iOS 8. Apple revealed earlier this week during its WWDC 2014 keynote that iOS 8 will support the system wide implementation of these third-party keyboards.

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An alternative to a traditional keyboard, Fleksy boasts improved typing speeds through the use of automated word suggestions and a sophisticated autocorrect engine that corrects errors on the fly. It also incorporates a gesture system that lets users complete common tasks like inserting spaces and punctuation through swipes.

Fleksy tweeted a screenshot of its keyboard on iOS 8, along with an invitation for users to register for a preview of its iOS 8 keyboard app. iPhone and iPad owners running a beta version of iOS 8 on their devices can sign up for a preview on Fleksy's website. The company will notify customers via email when the public beta program goes live.

Fleksy won't be the only third-party keyboard available to consumers when iOS 8 launches later this year. Both Swiftkey and popular Android keyboard Swype confirmed they plan to launch iOS 8-compatible versions of their keyboard apps.

"We're delighted Apple has decided to embrace the importance of opening its platform to third party keyboards.
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We first brought a taste of our technology to iOS in January this year with the launch of the free note-taking app SwiftKey Note. Are we going to build SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS 8? Of course we are. We've already started, writes Swiftkey founders Ben Medlock and Jon Reynolds."

Both Switfkey and Fleksy already offer versions of their keyboards for iPhone and iPad owners, but their functionality is limited due to iOS constraints that prohibit their system-wide installation. iOS 8 will remove this restriction, making it possible for all keyboard makers, including iOS newcomer Swype, to bring their keyboards to Apple's mobile platform. The beta version of iOS 8 is available now to developers, with a public release expected this fall.

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Top Rated Comments

sransari Avatar
130 months ago
Omg custom KB has been on android for years!!!!!

Except one minor detail...on an iphone, the custom KB won't conflict with other operations of the phone and be one of the many reasons your android is a buggy, laggy, useless piece, despite the supposedly superior hardware (since we all know clock speed and RAM size are the only hardware benchmarks).
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WestonHarvey1 Avatar
130 months ago
So far the word predictions just slow me down as I try to switch back and forth between the two inputs. Its faster to just keep typing, no matter how big the word is.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yvan256 Avatar
130 months ago
"Full access allows the developer to transmit anything you type, including things you have previously typed with this keyboard. This could include sensitive information such as your credit card number or street address."

I don't see why the keyboard plug-in has to have "full access" in the first place. It's a possible security risk, the option shouldn't even be available in the first place. Keyboard plug-in should mean no communication and no storage.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bushido Avatar
130 months ago
they should also add lower and capital letters on the keyboard. i have it on my jailbroken iPhone and it makes it a lot easier to see what you are actually in right now
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JAT Avatar
130 months ago
Why are they called "third-party" keyboards? I'm familiar with the term and it's meaning, but since Apple makes everything in the iPhone, shouldn't any alternatives be called "second-party"?

You are the 2nd party. If you make a keyboard, you get to call it 2nd party on your phone. For me, it's still 3rd.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hastings101 Avatar
130 months ago
Omg custom KB has been on android for years!!!!!

Except one minor detail...on an iphone, the custom KB won't conflict with other operations of the phone and be one of the many reasons your android is a buggy, laggy, useless piece, despite the supposedly superior hardware (since we all know clock speed and RAM size are the only hardware benchmarks).

...I have never ever had a problem with a custom keyboard on Android and not even sure I've heard of that happening lol. There might be a lot wrong with Android but I don't think that's even in the top ten.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)