Fleksy

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Fleksy
Original author(s) Fleksy Inc.
Initial release December 2013
Operating system iOS
Android
Tizen
Type Virtual keyboard
License Proprietary
Website http://fleksy.com/

Fleksy is a third party virtual keyboard and input method for mobile devices, which is private and improves traditional tap-typing input speed and accuracy through enhanced auto-correction and gesture control. It uses error-correcting algorithms that analyze the region where the user touches the keyboard and feeds this through a language model, which calculates and identifies the intended word. Swiping gestures are used to control common functions, such as space, delete, and word correction. Blind and visually impaired users have utilized Fleksy for eyes-free typing through muscle memory.[1] Available on Android [2] and iOS, it was first commercially available on the iPhone as a download from Apple's App Store in July 2012, and is available in more than 40 languages.[3]

With ‘on device profiling’ capable of mapping behaviours across any app, users' data is anonymous and remains private.

Officially the world’s fastest keyboard by the Guinness Book of Records [4], Fleksy offers instant access to content while typing, such as restaurants, music, videos and more.

Fleksy was developed by Fleksy Inc., a company founded in 2011.[5] On June 15, 2016, Fleksy announced that the team had moved on to Pinterest.[6] Since July 2017, the product is managed and developed by Thingthing, a competitor keyboard [7].

Software[edit]

Fleksy’s auto-correct algorithm functions by combining analysis of user typing patterns and linguistic context. Analysis of tap locations (rather than letters selected) affords it the ability to remain tolerant of drifting errors and allows the user to type on an invisible keyboard or even off the keyboard in some instances.[8] As a result, Fleksy has been embraced by the visually-impaired community.[9][10][11][12] Most notably, the software has been considered for the "Story of the Year" of the Technology Year in Review for 2012 by the American Foundation for the Blind.[13]

There is evidence that the software could potentially allow sighted people to blind-type on a touchscreen.[citation needed] Quentin Stafford-Fraser said on his website: "I found I could type whole sentences immediately, without looking at the keyboard".[14]

Fleksy not only offers next word predictions, as found in competitors such as Swype, SwiftKey and other keyboards, but also next-service predictions, which is unique in the keyboard space.

Fleksy also utilizes a gesture-based interface that can be used for some common functions, such as deleting a word, space, backspace, and choosing a word correction.

Availability[edit]

Fleksy is available on Android and iOS. Its latest update made it available for iOS 10 and all Android versions.

Fleksy is available on certain platforms in 40 languages and QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ, DVORAK, and Colemak layouts.

Awards[edit]

Fleksy has received a number of awards since its release in July 2012:

Competitors[edit]

Competitors include SwiftKey Flow, GBoard, SlideIT, TouchPal, Adaptxt, ShapeWriter, Sony Gesture Input, and Android 4.2 Gesture typing, all of which also involve tracing a path over letters on a virtual keyboard. A little different approach yet still similar in concept is found in MessagEase and Minuum.

Keyboards with optional tracing mode include HTC Touch Input, and Ultra Keyboard for Android.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012: A Technology Year in Review" AFB AccessWorld, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.syntellia.fleksy.keyboard&hl=en
  3. ^ "Fleksy - Happy Typing" , App Store, Retrieved on 7 February 2013.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ " Fleksy", fleksy.com, Retrieved on 7 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Fleksy Acquired by Pinterest – Fleksy". fleksy.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Fleksy gets major robot under ThingThing". 
  8. ^ "Hacker News" news.ycombinator.com, Retrieved on 7 February 2013.
  9. ^ "An App for Wayward Fingers and Thumbs: An Evaluation of the Fleksy App from Syntellia" AFB AccessWorld, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Fleksy Gives Blind iOS Users Top-Speed Typing Access" About.com, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Mistype Every Letter & Fleksy Still Knows What Keys You Meant" About.com, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Fleksy app: Helping you to type faster" Royal National Institute for the Blind, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  13. ^ "2012: A Technology Year in Review" AFB AccessWorld, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Being Accessible" StatusQ, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ " SXSW, Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  17. ^ "Fleksy typing app gets main stream recognition in the Apple Australian App Store" [sic] Vision Australia, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  18. ^ "CES Innovation Awards" CES, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  19. ^ "Qualcomm Press Release" Qualcomm, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Fleksy - App of the Month August 2012" Royal National Institute of the Blind, Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  21. ^ "Announcing the AppleVis Golden Apples of 2012" AppleVis, Retrieved 7 February 2013.