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

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    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.
    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.

    Article Link: Fleksy Offers Beta Preview as Keyboard Makers Look Forward to iOS 8
     
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    Can't wait for Yose to port HipJot/NinType (this) to use as a system wide keyboard.
     
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    From my experience, it's terrible compared to Swiftkey.
     
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    Awesome! Good move by Apple to open up iOS and allow Developers deeper access into the system. iOS 8 is the biggest leap forward IMHO. We shall see some great Apps in the future and a significantly improved user experience. :)
     
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    I'm pretty excited to get to try out these keyboards finally!
     
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    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).
     
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    Boom. Swype will be on my iPhone as soon as its possible. Really miss swype typing.
     
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    Yeah, Hipjot is a great little app. Love the keyboard, but I don't like the fact that there's no iPad version and there is also no automatic backup of your data to either iCloud or Dropbox.

    Right now I'm learning to how be efficient with Fleksy. I have a few other apps that I use with the Fleksy keyboard.
     
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    Isn't it great to see this type of cross pollination between iOS and Android :)
     
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    What about this...

     
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    Can anyone explain how Apple plans to implement this? Will 3rd party keyboards be available for download in the App store and once a user does download them, they'll be added to the keyboards section of general settings from where the user can just tap the globe icon of the standard keyboard to change to the preferred keyboard? :confused:

    That sounds a bit confusing while reading too!
     
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    That's when a keyboard wants to communicate to the outside world. You're given the prompt before it can happen.
     
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    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
     
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    Really? Wow. I'm getting around 100wpm with it, maybe I'll have to try SwiftKey...
     
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    And the only way of getting it is going and getting an app? So there are going to be millions of apps with just 1 keyboard in it?
     
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    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.
     
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    ...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.
     
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    What are you even referring to?
     
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    Yeah, except that Android didn't invent these keyboards, they just enabled the ability to use different keyboards.

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    You don't have to have iOS 8 to use custom keyboards. If you have Fleksy installed, it will install its own keyboard on the apps that support it. Such as Tweetings 2, Write, FNotes, and lots of others.
     
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    On android devices, some keyboards will give you the option to log into and read your tweets/gmail to build a custom dictionary, plus some allow you to download different language dictionaries.

    The one way I see around that is not allow the dictionary build, which wouldn't be that big of a deal, and then allow additional dictionaries via in-app purchases, or instead of having one keyboard in the app store, then download the language, have multiple keyboards in the app store with each one having its own language.
     
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    That was the old way of using custom keyboards on iOS.

    iOS 8 allows you to install new keyboards direct from the App Store.
     
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    Signed up, can't WAIT. Even though I AM actually already using Fleksy within apps. :p
     
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    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.
     

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