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Fleksy Keyboard Now Open to All iOS Developers
Posted February 20, 2014
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By Seth Fitzgerald. Updated February 20, 2014 3:25PM

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The iOS smartphone keyboard is still considered one of the best available, but many users do not like that they are forced to use just one keyboard layout and style in every application. This is one of the things that Google has not struggled with, as third-party keyboards are widely available for Android. Even though it has been many years since iOS was first released, a third-party keyboard may finally be making its way onto the mobile OS.

The Fleksy keyboard is already available on iOS as a standalone application, but unlike on Android, which allows users to substitute keyboards across its platform, iOS does not allow changing the default keyboard. Even now, a roll-out of Fleksy in individual applications may be slow, but with an open software development kit (SDK), developers can finally opt to use Fleksy in their apps rather than the Apple keyboard.

The Difference

On Android, where users are able to download Fleksy as an alternative keyboard for use in all situations, the app has become popular. Both the iOS and Android default keyboards use a relatively cramped layout with small letters, especially when compared with the Fleksy keyboard which prides itself in being a simple-to-use keyboard because of its large and clean interface.

According to many users who have become fans of the Fleksy app, its keyboard is not only easier to type on but the word prediction and replacement features are more accurate than what is found by default on Android or iOS.

"The power behind Fleksy is its unique technology based on Geometric Intelligence. Imprecise? Sloppy typing? No problem!" says the Fleksy Android app description in Google's Play store. "Fleksy will know what word you meant to type even if you tap on all the wrong letters. The patent-pending technology doesn't just look at the letters you press. It looks at WHERE you tap and analyzes your typing pattern to understand the word you meant to type."

Up to the Apps

As a result of the way iOS is set up, even Fleksy's expansion onto Apple's platform will not result in widespread adoption or the most ideal scenario for users. However, developers now have access to the Fleksy SDK for free and will be able to integrate the keyboard into applications. This means that as long as developers view Fleksy as a better option than the keyboard that is provided by Apple, it may begin to appear in popular applications.

There are only a handful of apps that have already signed up for the Fleksy SDK, including You Doodle, Cotton Notes, Write for iOS, Tap Forms Organizer, and EVOmail, but more apps are expected to offer the keyboard soon.

Fleksy COO Ioannis Verdelis is confident that many apps will adopt the keyboard since the SDK's integration is simple and requires "zero lines of code." For people interested in using the Fleksy keyboard in the apps that support it, downloading the Fleksy app from the App Store is necessary.

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