Swiftkey, Swype and Fleksy are already working on QWERTY keyboards for iOS 8

Swiftkey, Swype and Fleksy are already working on QWERTY keyboards for iOS 8
Now that Apple has opened up the QWERTY keyboard on iOS 8, a trio of third party QWERTY developers are in various stages of finishing their offerings for the next build of Apple's mobile OS. Highly regarded Fleksy, which was just used by Marcel Fernandes to break the Guinness Book of World Records for "fastest texting on a touch-screen mobile phone," is taking names for a Beta program. The company says that it will be one of the first to offer a keyboard for iOS 8.

Meanwhile, SwiftKey, usually one of the top paid apps in the Google Play Store year in and year out, says that it has already started porting its virtual QWERTY to iOS. Swype, the swipe to type keyboard that is pre-installed on many Android handsets, says that it "can't wait" to have a version of its keyboard available for iOS 8.


Those Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users who aren't planning on installing iOS 8 until it is ready for everyone this fall, have some time to do research on third party QWERTY keyboards to see if there is one in particular they like best. Of course, that will probably entail having to find Android sportin' friends that happen to use Flesky, SwiftKey and/or Swype.


source: Flesky, SwiftKey via Engadget

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28 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Copying Android... Copying Android... Every new feature in iOS 8 is copying Android. It's annoying...

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Lol ....

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Lol! You're butthurt! Basically Apple used android as a beta test platform LOL! You ever notice that android still feels like its in beta? LOL!

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It felt like that 4 years ago... but the last few years, the OS is stable and smooth as silk. Maybe it's not as efficient as iOS (Currently), but it's definitely the place to be if you want to be on the forefront of exciting new tech/features.

6. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

But not on Samsung though. They will always make you feel the beta mode.

9. Rager722 unregistered

The only argument apple can have on android is that iOS 7 supports devices as far as the iP4 but android 4.4 only covers recent devices. Android is fixing that now but they have a long way to go, hopefully even low end devices will get constant updates for at least 2 years. Then apply wont beat Google in any way.

22. TrePharaoh

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Apple will still beat google because when apple introduces a new feature it nails it unlike android. Look at the fingerprint scanner for example it sucks on the android phones.

26. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

It is its terrible, if you swipe the wrong way or even slightly sideways, it won't unlock its super annoying!!! I sell phones for a living so I deal with all of them on a daily basis. The only reason I would go for Android is for a bigger screen IF I wanted a bigger screen which I don't I like using my phone with one hand, but that is obviously about to change as well with iPHones offering 2 options in the future - or so I've heard.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Nope, but I did get that feeling with iOS7 when it just came out

16. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Like iOS 7 was beta version of iOS 8 with lot of bugs??? Or ip 4 and 5 where beta versions of ip4s and ip5s with lot of problems??? What are you taking about??? if google copied.. you ifans would've gone out of mind...crying in every comment threat that android is copycat,samesung bla bla...and you're beloved company would file a case against samsung(even if it was google's fault)...and will try to sue heck out of them....

5. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Why are you complaining? Don't you think its great that ios8 has changed ios quite a bit? Its not about coming with new stuff all the time. Its about doing the things right. Both android and ios do things their own way.

8. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Nah they're just basically copying features from Android.

23. TrePharaoh

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

But apple does it right. That's why it doesn't add new feature right away because they want it to work near flawlessly. Googles a beta tester that adds features just to add features without fully testing to see if it works as good as it should.

7. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

They are stealing! they are thieves can't you see...

11. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Finally android can taste its own medicine! X3

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

No, finally iOS users get to see see why some of us like Android so much.

18. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Well since the iPhone came out first, every color used in any Android device is copied from the iPhone, take that! But seriously though chill out.

19. FingerMyApple unregistered

Is Swype owned by android ? Is swiftkey owned by android ? Is infinity blade available on android. Can I say android copying iOS? Such a butthurt droider you are smh

10. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

I tot this year WWDC will be a disappointment but it turns out this are the best updates ever in OSX and iOS , now iOS can have more freedom and the continuity is somethings you won't get in android and window. Gj apple , better watch out android and window!

17. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

You're delusional.

12. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

yeah , hype it , make it big.

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I make good use of third party keyboards on my Android phone. It's nice to be able to do the same on my iPhone. I just don't like the iOS keyboard and would like a different one.

14. Thief76

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

copying android like always .

25. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You lost credibility with such a broad statement, so Android never copied any other platform.

27. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android launched their existance by ripping of Apple in the first place - SO Apple can steal anything it wants from Android from now on as it pleases and make it better as it wishes! xD

21. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

now they are glad they cam change the keyboard. they forget how satisfied they were with the one and the only perfect keyboard... geez us...

24. TrePharaoh

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

The more updates the less android fans have to say about apple. The next iPhone will add a bigger screen which will take most of the android users because most people only use android over apple because of the bigger screen. Apple is just the superior product. They make beautiful and premium devices and have a much stable and loyal platform.

28. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can't tell you how many headhaches my iMac has givien me vs. my Windows PC in my home studio - ZERO! And when I plug in new audio interface or if a client brings a USB MIDI controlller let me tell you how long it takes to set it up. 0 minutes! I just plug in and it works! DOn't have to restart, install anything, even restart logic! I can just plug in an audio interface my computer has never seen before and BOOM! IT works. Now I can work on a email leave my desk and keep working on it with my iPhone? Wow. I've been updating my Mac since Leopard and all the updates always work! I never have to update drivers to the 500 or so external plugins I have or music applications, I have Logic 9 and X, Pro Tools HD 11, Ableton 8, and 9, Fruity Loops Beta - and I've never had to update any of them after upgrading to Snow Leopard, or Mavericks... Try that on a PC your whole suite of APPs is GUARANTEED to break after moving to a new version of Weendows. Even your printers will stop working LOL. Oh yea did I mention I"ve never had to install drivers for a printer? Those just plug in and work too lol

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