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When it comes to invisible keyboards, Fleksy doesn't have a lot of competition. Or none, actually. This keyboard uses aggressive autocorrect and prediction to make words out of the nonsense you enter, and today it's hitting v2.0 with some new features.

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Here's the changelog for the big update.

  • Unlock 30 badges, themes and free trial days!
  • Cloud is now part of My Fleksy: Sign in with your Google account to backup your dictionary and badges among your devices
  • Mint green and gold themes
  • New Beta Language – Turkish
  • IMPROVED
    • Updates available for ALL languages
    • Autocorrect accuracy
    • Language switching
    • Memory footprint
    • Smoother Emoji
    • Animations
    • New Settings
  • FIXED
    • Long-press lag
    • Keyboard toggle lag
    • Other bugs

The badges are basically a way to gamify the experience of learning Fleksy's more advanced features. They will sync between devices if you're signed in too. Along with the cloud syncing, Fleksy 2.0 will learn from your email to better tailor itself to your writing style. That's handy if you're using the invisible mode, and if you're not, there's the pretty new green theme. Backers of the original crowd funding campaign also get an exclusive gold theme.

Fleksy comes with a free trial, and the full version upgrade can be unlocked via an in-app purchase. For a limited time, the full version is $1.99, down from $3.99.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Alex Garcia

    The things i like about it is its minimalistic look and its really scary accuracy when I'm tying without looking.

  • ShahinTr

    I need Google's shortcuts on it. As much as I like the look of the keyboard.

  • vyktorsouza

    looks good, does it swype as well?

    • spacekobra

      Nope. It relies on gestures for other things so it cannot have swype.

      • vyktorsouza

        too bad, but I'll give it a shot, I'm kinda sick of the lag while typing in Swype itself
        oh, and thanks

        • spacekobra

          I've gone back to google keyboard myself. Flesky is an interesting keyboard. Really awesome autocorrect, but if you can't get used to the gestures then you'll never like it.

        • Ramsey

          Try TouchPal, I've been using it for over a year and a half and I keep going back to it after trying out other keyboards. It has amazing gestures and swiping and does not lag. You'll love how easy it is to input symbols and to delete a word.

          • vyktorsouza

            thanks a lot for the suggestion, Ramsey, there is support for people who speak more than one language (which is a must have for me), portuguese BR, swype and has very cool themes, I'm using the leather one for now

          • Leigh

            I've tried many keyboards, and I loved swift key, Swype, go keyboard....etc. SO SO MANY. But I have to say I have fallen in love with touch pal! And it has Swype as well, it is my favorite by far. You can change how big or small you would like the keyboard as well and the predictions are really good... It's a definite keeper for me, I don't think I will switch to any other. I may try some out just to see but so far TOUCH PAL IS MY FAVORITE BY FAR....!!!

          • Ramsey

            Same here. I really enjoy resizing it and minimizing it on one side since I'm on a 5 in phone. I know I can do that with other keyboards and it's cool but I prefer TouchPal. I tried Swype, it lags on S4. I tried SwiftKey, it's not as good as TouchPal. TouchPal may not have the best predictions when swiping but it learns it quick and then gets it right, something I really appreciate about it.

  • typo

    my go to keyboard for months now.. looks alot better to me than swiftkey/swype. --> minimal.

  • Rick Fisher

    I tried to give it another shot, but I just can't get used to it. Maybe I need to give it more time, but it just doesn't seem faster than swiftkey. It's pretty, fast, and very good at correction, but here are my problems with it:

    it's small. I have a note 3 which has a large screen and is difficult to hold so close to the bottom. With all the keys so low I have to hold my phone in an uncomfortable position. I wish it were taller
    The backspace key is in a strange place. This kinda makes sense because I do often hit it accidentally when typing fast on other keyboards, but it's muscle memory. If I know I made a mistake I go to the right to delete, and it's not there. With time I guess I'd get used to its new location
    It's too reliant on gestures, and as a result is much slower than swifkey for things like inserting a different word or inserting punctuation. Cycling through words with up and down swipes is awkward compared to just tapping the suggestion on other keyboards, and punctuation is a mess. To enter a question mark I have to swipe right twice, then down twice. 4 swipes every time I have a question. 3 swipes for every comma, and even more for an exclamation point! These are all things I use pretty common in texting and every one of them is about 200ms away in swiftkey. It doesn't matter how accurate the keyboard is if I'm spending just as long navigating words and punctuation as I would be correcting words in another keyboard I'm already used to.

    • Matthew Fry

      Do you have any problems with gestures being registered when you type quickly? I feel like the Note 3 is so damn sensitive that if I start to pick up speed on this keyboard I start deleting words by accident.

  • veRdiKt

    i have over 480,000 keystrokes typed and over 4000m of "flowing" on swiftkey. I wont ever use another keyboard. Tryna reach 1M keystrokes and 10000m lol

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

      Holy crap! But yeah... I gotta agree, Swiftkey is amazing!

    • enoch861

      Wow, 4000m of flowing? Impressive.

      I use SwiftKey everyday but Flow in my opinion sucks compared to Swype.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    Does anybody have an idea how well it currently works for German?

  • Daniel Traynor

    I love this update. Huge improvements across the whole app.

    Welldone!

  • Matthew Fry

    I used Fleksy for some time and then switched backed to Minuum when it became less painful to type non-standard words. Now that I've switched to the Note 3, Fleksy again. Minuum is definitely a one fingered operation, and when I tap fast it registers gestures. I never had this problem with the HTC One. Fleksy does this too, to an extent, but I can two thumb it and type pretty quickly.

  • John

    How about a keyboard show down Android police? I would love to see the top 5 keyboards in Android compared to each other. Could you guys make this happen? (Yes, I could do it myself, but be honest, when you start using a particular keyboard. You will not give the others a honest chance...)

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Anyone knows any keyboard that has "auto-expander"? Currently I'm using Swype and EverClip in combination for that. But I would prefer the expander to be part of the keyboard itself.

    • senior1

      Hello Birkam! How do you use Everclip together with Swype? Would that be a text expander for all Swype users? Best Dieter!

      • senior1

        I forgot, I used before Kii-Keyboard. This one had a good text expander on board, but isn't as good in swiping as Swype. So I'm looking for Swype with text expander.....

        • senior1

          o.k. I made my test as following: Short discription: Take the app Everclip and use it together with Swype. Make your textmacros in Everclip with your abbreviation and longtext, called there "snippets". With/In Swype tap the abbreviation, tap the Swypekey, tap the Swypekey again, hold and swype to "v". The abbreviation will be changed to longtext.... Works fine for me! (S3).

  • Dunkindonuts

    I have used the following keyboards so far :
    Swiftkey
    Swype
    Google Keyboard
    Fleksy
    My current keyboard is Felksy because it's so darn minimal and it's autocorrect is just how I like it. A little buggy sometimes but that;s okay
    Swiftkey was my goto keyboard for the last two years till I switched to Fleksy in November 2013. It's not what it used to be and I feel something is missing.
    Swype? It''s been a long time since I used it. Used it on my Galaxy S Advance and fit.
    Google Keyboard is handy but it's a little buggy on my Nexus 5 running PA 4.2
    And as John pointed out, a Keyboard showdown please AP

    • Dunkindonuts

      Fleksy* Dammit

      • jostwundering

        And you have written with Fleksy LOL :D XD

  • abobobilly

    The problem with Fleksy is that it "looks" sexy, like that show girl next to a billionare with tight ass and (prolly fake) tits. Its animations are the outright gorgeous, and sometimes it just baffles me with its smoothness.

    BUT thats all it does right. Function wise, it sucks ... BAD. As long as you are typing pure dictionary words, you are fine. Slighty off-track, it'll annoy you to death. Not to mention, the auto-correct sucks ass.

    I am the person who never sticks to a single keyboard and is constantly switching between different ones as per my mood. I even love the Miniuum project. Like Fleksy too. But sometimes, it just annoys me so much that if it were a real person, i would bitch slap that nigga.

    • Scott Dixon

      You're spot on, it looks great, nice themes and effects but the auto correct is horrible. I've tried to use it several times but I can't justify using a keyboard with such an inferior auto correct when stock and Swiftkey are just so much better.

    • Scott Dixon

      You're spot on, it looks great, nice themes and effects but the auto correct is horrible. I've tried to use it several times but I can't justify using a keyboard with such an inferior auto correct when stock and Swiftkey are just so much better.

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