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Fleksy promises custom keyboards for iOS 7 apps

updated 02:51 pm EST, Thu December 12, 2013

SDK available for developers

Developer Fleksy has released an SDK that aims to bring the company's custom keyboard to a wide range of iOS apps. The keyboard had been available as a standalone app, promoted as a better alternative for users with visual impairments, however Apple's less-restrictive iOS 7 code finally enables such features to be implemented across multiple apps.

The Fleksy keyboard uses a standard QWERTY layout, however the autocorrect algorithms are claimed to be capable of interpreting correct input even when the user is not looking directly at the screen and vaguely hitting the area around the target letters. Certain gestures provide a quick way to perform common inputs without using a dedicated button, enabling a right flick to add a space or a left flick to delete.

"With every new version of iOS the work required on our part to build a keyboard SDK has reduced significantly," Fleksy founder Ioannis Verdelis told The Verge. "We're [now] doing stuff on iOS that integrates the keyboard deeper than it's ever been integrated."

Coinciding with the SDK launch, four third-party apps already showcase Fleksy integration: unofficial Google Voice utility GV Connect, typing assistant Blindsquare, text editor Wordbox, and shortcut manager Launch.

by MacNN Staff





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