With the announcement of iOS 8 back in WWDC in June, Apple finally brought a much-requested feature to their operating system – customizable keyboards. Customizable keyboards has been available on Android for a long time. This allows users to swap out the default Android keyboard for something else, like SwiftKey, Fleksy, Swype, and so on.
Now both SwiftKey and Fleksy have announced that they will be bringing their keyboards to iOS 8, and now thanks to the folks at 9to5Mac, additional features and photos of the Fleksy’s upcoming keyboard all have been revealed, as you can see in the photos above. As expect, Fleksy’s iOS keyboard won’t differ much from its Android counterpart, and it looks like it supports different themes as well.
As for its release date, the developers have told 9to5Mac that they are planning on have it launch on the same day as iOS 8 itself, assuming that everything goes according to plan. This could be a challenge as they are still getting ready to distribute the beta to other developers for preview, although they do claim that the keyboard is functional enough to be used as a daily keyboard.
The iOS version is also expected to gain access to additional themes and custom features which would be in line with the recent Android update. The keyboard will be free for download, although the company is planning a premium version that will come with one premium theme at no cost. “We’re working on the best possible way for people to experience the iOS keyboard for free, but we do want to remain a premium product.”
It will be interesting to see how Fleksy will perform on iOS, but we guess we will just have to wait until iOS 8 is released before we can find out. In the meantime are iOS users excited for third-party keyboards?