When Pinterest acquired keyboard app maker Fleksy last summer, development was paused on the company's well-known iOS and Android keyboard apps as the team was integrated into Pinterest's projects. The companies said that Fleksy would continue to exist with minimal updates, but otherwise not much news has come out about the keyboard app, until today.

Now, Barcelona-based keyboard startup Thingthing [iOS App Store Direct Link] announced in a blog post this morning that it will take over development of the Fleksy keyboard, while the original Fleksy team continues to work at Pinterest (via TechCrunch). Thingthing said that thanks to the deal, the company is "closer than ever to our goal of bringing you the world’s first Keyboard as a Platform (KaaP)."

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The company highlighted improvements coming to Fleksy + Gif Keyboard on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] and Android devices over the coming months, including: "A new brand, more themes and extensions, continued focus on data privacy, awesome auto-correction, new services thanks to our open keyboard as a platform, [and] ongoing support to all of you!"

For now, the company updated Fleksy with a few basic bug fixes today, while a "very, very big" product launch is expected sometime this fall.

Thingthing users are used to being productive, using the keyboard’s interface to improve their typing experience and reducing time to realise day-to-day activities, which are performed naturally in Thingthing.

Still, a lot of you have requested more languages, more services, more customization, a better auto-correct, etc. This is exactly what we’re bringing to you: what you asked for.

Thingthing's chief technical officer mentioned that the developer intends to "vastly improve" upon the current Fleksy keyboard with these updates, building the keyboard up into a platform of its own with extensions for apps like Spotify, YouTube, and more. The upcoming brand refresh will be centered on changing the design and feel of the app and its logo, while the Fleksy name will remain in place.

Top Rated Comments

macduke Avatar
59 months ago
…the world's first Keyboard as a Platform (KaaP).
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JCoe13 Avatar
59 months ago
The upcoming brand refresh will be centered on changing the design and feel of the app and its logo, while the Fleksy name will remain in place.
So basically, Thingthing is creating a new keyboard and using Fleksy as the name?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jessica Lares Avatar
59 months ago
I have a feeling that the idea of the "keyboard as a platform" is going to be sherlocked in the near future by just making iMessage apps accessible system-wide.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macintoshmac Avatar
59 months ago
Software as a Service. Now, keyboard as a platform.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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