Around the time of the iOS 7 announcement, there were rumors circulating that this would finally be the version of iOS that would bring with it third-party alternatives. As the announcement came, many were disappointed by the fact that there was no mention of third party keyboard support. Fortunately for users, developers haven’t given up, and because of that, Fleksy has become the first non-Apple keyboard to be supported in other iOS apps.
While this is all true, don’t get too excited. You won’t find the keyboard in Messages any time soon (or probably ever without a change in policy from Apple), but iOS 7′s new code does allow developers to insert new keyboards, meaning that if developers like Fleksy more than the stock keyboard, they can include it as an option within their app. This is a big step forward for keyboards, considering formerly, the keyboards were available as a stand-alone app where users could type in what they wanted, and then copy and paste it into another app. It was a pain, but this new system makes it much easier. The issue is that it is up to developers to incorporate it within their app, and there is a possibility that it could be included as an in-app purchase.
The new Fleksy keyboard is an option in four apps currently: Wordbox, GV Connect, Launch Center Pro and Blindsquare. If you want to check out they keyboard, be sure to download one of those apps (or update them if you have them!). I’m pretty excited to see new keyboards as an option on iOS, and I think the integration can only get better from here. Before too long, we could be seeing fully integrated third-party keyboards! (Probably not too soon, but who knows? Keep your fingers crossed!)
Are you excited to see these new options coming to iOS? Sound off in the comments below or tweet me at @TiP_Griffin.