Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Feb 20, 2014, 07:46 AM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Fleksy's Predictive Touch Keyboard with Gestures Now Available to All iOS Developers




Back in December, Fleksy announced a toolkit to allow iOS developers to incorporate the company's popular predictive and gesture-based keyboard into their apps. The initial testing period involved a public launch in four third-party apps of varying types, with Fleksy noting that it would continue to expand the program and eventually open up its SDK to all interested developers.

Today, Fleksy is announcing that next step in its iOS development program, moving the SDK out of private beta and allowing all app developers to easily incorporate Fleksy as an alternative keyboard within their apps.
Quote:
With its latest update, the Fleksy SDK is now completely free of charge, requires no sign up and allows any developer to implement it in minutes, with zero lines of code and without having to make any changes to their app at all. Switching between Fleksy and the iOS keyboard is also completely streamlined.
Fleksy is one of several alternative keyboard systems that have gained popularity on Android, but Apple's rules preventing systemwide replacement of the default keyboard have greatly slowed growth of such tools on iOS. As a workaround, Fleksy and other keyboard developers are turning to SDKs that will allow developers to add support for their keyboards on an app-by-app basis. SwiftKey is another such company that launched its own note-taking app several weeks ago and is looking to bring an SDK to select developers initially and all developers over time.

Fleksy offers automated word suggestions while the user types to help improve typing speed, while also incorporating a sophisticated autocorrect engine to help correct typing errors on the fly. Layered on top of those features is a gesture system that allows users to insert spaces and punctuation by swiping to the right and delete words by swiping to the left anywhere on the keyboard rather than having to use dedicated keys. Up and down swipes allow users to cycle through suggested words or undo automatic corrections.

While the Fleksy SDK is now open to all developers, the company has also been working with a number of developers beyond the initial group of four to integrate the Fleksy keyboard into their apps. Several of those are ready to go live today with Fleksy support, including You Doodle, Write for iPhone, Tap Forms Organizer and Secure Database, and Remoter VNC - Remote Desktop.

Fleksy is free for users and developers, and hundreds of developers have already inquired about bringing Fleksy to their apps. As a result, the Fleksy team is optimistic that adoption will grow rapidly given developer interest and the simple integration offered through the company's SDK.

Article Link: Fleksy's Predictive Touch Keyboard with Gestures Now Available to All iOS Developers
MacRumors is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 07:49 AM   #2
Aussi3
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
I'm fine with the stock iOS keyboard I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
Aussi3 is offline   15 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 07:51 AM   #3
tdream
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
iOS taking another step towards android. Up Next... Widgets!
__________________
rMacbook Pro 2.6 Galaxy Note 12.2 Moto G iPad 3
tdream is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 07:51 AM   #4
iamPro
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: May 2009
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussi3 View Post
I'm fine with the stock iOS keyboard I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
It could always be better.
And I'm not against anything getting better.
iamPro is offline   17 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 07:53 AM   #5
GenesisST
macrumors 65816
 
GenesisST's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Where I live
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussi3 View Post
I'm fine with the stock iOS keyboard I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
Me too, but I don't assume that because I am ok with it that everyone else must be.
__________________
Kenmore microwave, Frigidaire oven, Fisher & Paykel fridge, LG washer & Dryer and Crane toilet
GenesisST is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 07:56 AM   #6
b0nd18t
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Choice is always better. I'd prefer swipe texting so hopefully swiftkey kicks it into gear.
b0nd18t is offline   5 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:03 AM   #7
Sirious
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: United Kingdom
It's 2014 and we're talking about which keyboard is better.
Sirious is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:04 AM   #8
Sky Blue
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
I'm fine with one color and model of car I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
Sky Blue is offline   13 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:08 AM   #9
SR71
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussi3 View Post
I'm fine with the stock iOS keyboard I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
Probably because you haven't used any other keyboard before. SwiftKey and Fleksy are both much more advanced and have better prediction algorithms than the stock iOS keyboard.
SR71 is online now   10 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:15 AM   #10
Spanky Deluxe
macrumors 601
 
Spanky Deluxe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: London, UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by SR71 View Post
Probably because you haven't used any other keyboard before. SwiftKey and Fleksy are both much more advanced and have better prediction algorithms than the stock iOS keyboard.
I've tried Fleksy but I found it very frustrating to use. Punctuation is a pain for one and when just typing words it doesn't seem any quicker than the normal keyboard. Just seems like hype to me.
__________________
"No, I'm from Iowa, I only work in outer space."
Spanky Deluxe is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:16 AM   #11
Oohara
macrumors 65816
 
Oohara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Come on, Apple. Adopt swipe typing already, so I can go back to using iPhones again.
Oohara is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:20 AM   #12
princigalli
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Italy, Germany
Nothing beats the swipe keyboard on the android
__________________
www.princigalli.com
princigalli is offline   8 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:26 AM   #13
goobot
macrumors 601
 
goobot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: long island NY
If they haven't already they should release this as a tweak in cydia.
goobot is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:26 AM   #14
blucable
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Hail the new keyboard, I don't have a single issue with new things, it should be incorporated into iOS as the default keyboard in fact.
__________________
15" Macbook Pro9,1 - Intel Core i7 2.6GHz - 8GB - 512GB SSD
27" Thunderbolt Display
iPad Mini w/ Retina Display 32GB
iPhone 5 16GB
blucable is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:29 AM   #15
seecoolguy
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by tdream View Post
iOS taking another step towards android. Up Next... Widgets!
It's not a replacement for the OS, just for developers to include a new keyboard into their app, which they've been able to do for some time, this sdk just helps create a standard across.

I can appreciate that there are users who want a customized keyboard experience. On Android I preferred the google "android" keyboard, tried but never became a fan of swype.
seecoolguy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:32 AM   #16
NachoGrande
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Awesome! A little fragmentation on the iPhone! Get used to one keyboard, only to have to switch to another! Just what I was waiting for.
__________________
27" iMac(2010) // 13" MBA (2011) // iPad // iPad 2 // iPad 3 // iPhone 5&6 // ATV2
NachoGrande is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:35 AM   #17
MattJessop
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Warrington, UK
Send a message via Skype™ to MattJessop
So I tried to use this, and seems like a neat idea. But punctuation just seems awkward on this, and feels like it would slow it down. So a no from me for now.

But hey, I'm never one to argue with choice. And it beats some of these 'custom' keyboards that I've seen in some people's apps. (mostly games mind you..)
MattJessop is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:36 AM   #18
NMBob
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by NachoGrande View Post
Awesome! A little fragmentation on the iPhone! Get used to one keyboard, only to have to switch to another! Just what I was waiting for.
Just what I was going to say. Apple just can't give up control of ANYTHING, so now we'll have a different keyboard for every app. Great. On the plus side, maybe they'll say the other keyboards look too much like theirs and ban them from the store like the are doing with flappy bird-like apps.
NMBob is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:40 AM   #19
bedifferent
macrumors Demi-God
 
bedifferent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NY
Basically a combination of predictive "T-9 Text" from the "old" days with a virtual keyboard. Hmmm. Not a bad idea.
__________________
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke
bedifferent is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 08:43 AM   #20
BJMRamage
macrumors 68000
 
BJMRamage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
I've used Swipe on Android for a month.
took a while to "get used to" and I still felt like I could type as fast on iOS and autocorrect.

that said a different keyboard isn't horrible but one that people will need to get used to 'again'

*though lately autocorrect has been going crazy: changing "minutes" to "jujube" I had to look that word uo
BJMRamage is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 09:04 AM   #21
Jessica Lares
macrumors 603
 
Jessica Lares's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Near Dallas, Texas, USA
I don't like when stuff like this is made available. It will be used by non-developers to make crappy paid and free apps like they do with the Aviary photo tools. The same app under different names, icons, and colors.

Even now two developers are using the same template $10 for a game called "Red Bouncing Ball Spikes", and both are in the top lists on the App Store. One is paid, one has ads.

Pretty sure the majority of the popular apps everyone uses won't take advantage of it.

I tried out Fleksy on my Android phone and didn't like it. SwiftKey is still the better one out of all of them.
__________________
Have You Hugged Your Mac Today?
Daily Expressions | iMac G4 | Late 2011 13" MacBook Pro | iPod Nano (7G) | iPad Mini | iPod Touch (5G) | iPhone 5S
Jessica Lares is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 09:18 AM   #22
Dagless
macrumors Core
 
Dagless's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussi3 View Post
I'm fine with the stock iOS keyboard I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
Then let me explain what I don't like about it;
  • Very difficult to manoeuvre around text
  • Predictive text not learning
  • No way to disable auto-correct (just stick a red line under it, I'll fix it if it's wrong)

I think that's it for me. It's the going backwards and forwards in a string that's so frustrating that I've given up browsing on my phone unless I have no other choice.
__________________
Maybe if everyone who'd ever been close to you had died, you'd be sarcastic, too.
Macrumors Steam Group
Dagless is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 09:26 AM   #23
super tomtendo
macrumors 6502a
 
super tomtendo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Florida
iOS keyboard is perfect right now... but they need more updated emojis!!!!!
__________________
Current: 2013 27" iMac + 2010 11" MacBook Air | Retired: 2008 15" MacBook Pro
super tomtendo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 09:32 AM   #24
jarred125
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussi3 View Post
I'm fine with the stock iOS keyboard I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
Because the stock keyboard is complete garbage if you want to type quickly without many errors? It's the same keyboard that has been around for who knows how long while things like Swype have made life so much easier when typing on a small device?

I can't standing using an iOS keyboard as error rates were sky high as well as time to complete my text.
jarred125 is offline   4 Reply With Quote
Old Feb 20, 2014, 09:37 AM   #25
powers74
macrumors 68000
 
powers74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: At the bend in the river
Quote:
Originally Posted by BJMRamage View Post

*though lately autocorrect has been going crazy: changing "minutes" to "jujube" I had to look that word uo
lol did u check to see someone hasn't hijacked your typing shortcuts? Haha jujube that's great!
__________________
"Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook."
powers74 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > MacRumors.com News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fleksy Keyboard for iOS Overhauled with New Design, Improved Help System MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 6 Apr 30, 2014 10:31 AM
iPhone: Predictive keyboard BullittMustang Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks 0 Jan 11, 2014 09:51 AM
Fleksy's Predictive Touch Keyboard Comes to iOS Apps with New Developer Tools MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 80 Dec 15, 2013 10:49 AM
Fleksy Demos Leap Motion Integration at SXSW, Releases New iOS SDK MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 9 Apr 2, 2013 09:31 PM
iOS needs better multi-touch gestures... jv311 iOS 6 3 Nov 4, 2012 10:04 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:51 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC