Fleksy's Predictive Touch Keyboard with Gestures Now Available to All iOS Developers

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    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.
    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
     
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    I'm fine with the stock iOS keyboard I don't know what everyone's problem is with it or wanting to replace it
     
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    iOS taking another step towards android. Up Next... Widgets!
     
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    It could always be better.
    And I'm not against anything getting better.
     
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    Me too, but I don't assume that because I am ok with it that everyone else must be.
     
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    Choice is always better. I'd prefer swipe texting so hopefully swiftkey kicks it into gear.
     
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    It's 2014 and we're talking about which keyboard is better.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Come on, Apple. Adopt swipe typing already, so I can go back to using iPhones again. :(
     
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    Nothing beats the swipe keyboard on the android
     
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    If they haven't already they should release this as a tweak in cydia.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.:rolleyes:
     
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    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..)
     
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    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.
     
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    Basically a combination of predictive "T-9 Text" from the "old" days with a virtual keyboard. Hmmm. Not a bad idea.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    iOS keyboard is perfect right now... but they need more updated emojis!!!!! :D
     
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    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.
     
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    lol did u check to see someone hasn't hijacked your typing shortcuts? Haha jujube that's great!
     

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