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Fleksy: A Gesture-Based Predictive Keyboard For iPhone

Android has got a lot of useful options for quick and easy typing, like Swype, SwiftKey, A.I.type Keyboard etc, and even Windows Phone’s stock keyboard is pretty good. On the other hand, the autocorrect in iOS is notoriously troublesome. There is a rather complex way of unlocking the correction bar for iPhone keyboard, but not many people are likely to go through all that trouble to enhance their typing experience. So, if you are among those who have always found the absence of alternative typing options in iOS a little annoying, Fleksy is here for you. This app provides users with a keyboard that lets you type effortlessly and without having to think too much. With Fleksy, you just type anything that remotely resembles the word you intend to use, and then, with a single swipe, that gibberish will change into the correct word (most of the times, at least). Even if the app doesn’t get it right in the first attempt, you just have to swipe downwards and choose the correct word from the app’s suggestions list.

Fleksy iOS Fleksy Keyboard

iPhone users can download Fleksy for free, but without upgrading to its pro version (through an in-app purchase of $4.99), you won’t be able to copy or export the text you type within the app, and this makes the free version of Fleksy a mere demo of the way typing is done in it. The app is designed to be used as an easy and new way of typing on iOS, but it also focuses on visually impaired people, and comes with features like speaking every word you write and every alphabet you touch on the Fleksy keyboard. So, how exactly can you type on the app’s keyboard? There is an extremely thorough tutorial within Fleksy to answer that question, but here are all the main points that you need to know.

  1. To begin, just start typing and whenever you think a word is close enough to your intended word, swipe to the right. This will bring up a suggestion bar, while also changing your typed word to the first suggestion. Although the app is great at guessing the word right in the first try, you can choose any other suggestion easily by swiping downwards. If you want to move backwards in the suggestions list, an upward swipe will do it.
  2. Swiping to the left of the screen will erase the last word you wrote.
  3. To start a new line, swipe to the right and keep holding your finger at the end of the swipe.
  4. Punctuation can be added to a sentence by swiping to the right once the cursor is at an empty space.
  5. To access the app’s numeric view, hold your finger over the keyboard and drag it to the bottom left corner, to the area marked ‘1/2’.
  6. If you want to type a word that is not in Fleksy’s dictionary (a name, for example), tap and hold each letter of the word until it is spoken out loud by the app. Once you have formed the word in this way, swipe right, and the word will appear on the screen without change. After that, swipe up to add it to the Fleksy dictionary.

The app speaks out every word you type, and you can also make it read everything you have written by going to the stock Settings app and enabling the Raise to Speak option in the Fleksy menu. That option makes the app read out the text when you raise your iPhone to your ear while typing in Fleksy. If you are on the app’s pro version, you can copy the text you write in Fleksy, or there is the option to export it to SMS or email directly.

Fleksy provides a refreshingly new method of typing for iOS users, and has the potential to become popular among both blind and other people. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch, and the developer has also promised to release Android and Windows Phone versions of Fleksy in the future.

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[via TechCrunch]

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