Alternative Keyboard in iOS 7: Could Fleksy’s SDK Be a Start?

A lot of people love Swype. And then there’s this alternative keyboard thing that is a major rub across iOS devices (which Android users often make fun of). But here’s Fleksy trying to break that unpopular streak in iOS 7.

Fleksy launched alternative keyboard support for four of its apps: Launch Center Pro, Wordbox, GV Connect and Blindsquare. In these apps, you will have the option of choosing between the standard keyboard layout, a Fleksy keyboard or the Number pad whenever there’s a text-field where you can type.

Sponsored Links

Although the implementation is not completely streamlined (switching to the number pad for instance) and it’s not clear how the SDK that Fleksy provides would be implemented by other app developers, it sure sounds interesting and is a definitely step forward in introducing alternative keyboards for the iOS ecosystem.

Fleksy Alternative Keyboard in iOS 7

Unlike on Android  – where you can change the keyboard layout/style and it gets applied universally across all apps – iOS does not provide this “universal” functionality. Fleksy’s approach is, therefore, totally dependent on adoption: if a developer opts to include the alternative keyboard SDK, end-users get to see and use the alternative keyboard.

Essentially, between Fleksy’s alternative keyboard and end-users seeing and using that keyboard, developers’ willingness and effort is involved.

Sponsored Links

Some of the reactions to Fleksy’s approach haven’t exactly been positive but that’s expected: first off, Apple’s iOS is still not open enough to allow for a seamless alternative keyboard integration.

Secondly, this is perhaps the only existing approach that can pave the way for further dialog, interaction and possible changes to the way iOS works.

The problem, however, is that this initial implementation is not seamless enough to appeal or present the right experience which is available on the Android platform. If only iOS had been more “open”, the approach would have attracted far lesser negative criticism.

Nevertheless, Fleksy’s implementation of an alternative Keyboard for iOS is a great start.

Sponsored Links

Like this article? Download our app and stay tuned with us via FacebookTwitter, and Google Plus to never miss our latest articles.

Dhvanesh Adhiyahttps://www.igeeksblog.com
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of iGeeksBlog.com. He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles

Apple Watch Series 4 and iPhone Xs Max Giveaway: iGeeksBlog 6th Anniversary Special

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.Yes, we are celebrating iGeeksBlog's...

11 Paid iPad and iPhone Apps Gone Free Today – 18 October 2018

iOS Games Gone Free TodayiOS Apps Gone Free TodayWhile there are tons of awesome apps available for free, a number of extraordinary ones come...

21 iPad and iPhone Apps Price Drop – 18 October 2018

What happens when you come to know that one of your favorite iPhone/iPad apps price has just dropped-and available at a huge discount? A...

Facebook Data Hack: 22% of Apple Employees To Delete FB Accounts

Recently, millions of Facebook users have been affected by the data breach, and following this, Apple employees are planning to delete their Facebook accounts,...