Auto-correcting keyboard Fleksy made headlines last month with its interesting support for Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatches, but don't let it be said that they're neglecting the standard Android app. Today the company is updating its unconventional keyboard to version 3.0, notably adding the "Fleksy Store" to the premium version. This store will offer themes for users to buy via in-app purchase. At launch (sometime this morning, US time) there will be six themes available, and anyone who's purchased the keyboard gets a free bonus theme.
According to a press release, Fleksy is also adding support for a whopping 17 new languages (some of which are dialects). Here's the full list:
• Brazilian Portuguese
• English (AU)
• English (CA)
• French (CA)
• Spanish (US)
• Spanish (LA)
Fleksy already had some decent customization options, including a selection of layouts and basic color themes. Other changes from the latest beta include improved dictionaries, reduced lag, and various bug fixes. Fleksy is offered in a trial version with a 30-day tryout period, and right now the app is on sale for 50% off at $2. It may take a few hours for the 3.0 update to disseminate on the Play Store.
SAN FRANCISCO — July 23, 2014 — Fleksy, the fastest keyboard in the world, has launched version 3.0 today, featuring an update on the keyboard’s award-winning design and the introduction of premium themes and content.
Introduced with today’s update, Fleksy Store will offer the ability to download premium content such as themes and customizations. Six new premium themes are available, including “Deep Blue” and “Liquid Sky”, and all Fleksy premium users can choose a free bonus theme. The update also introduces an evolution of the iconic, minimal look of Fleksy, using brand new colors and animations.
“The average Fleksy user uses our product 180 times a day, and spends 1.5 hours looking at the keyboard each and every day. We believe this exposure gives us a fantastic platform to offer premium content and customizations for the keyboard” said Ioannis Verdelis, Founder and COO of Fleksy. “By introducing Fleksy Store, we have an unbounded opportunity to expand with premium product features, while maintaining the clean and simple Fleksy experience which appeals to first time users”.
Fleksy confirmed it will double down on its premium business model, with Fleksy Store only available to premium customers on Android as well as iOS this coming fall.
“Fleksy has built its recognition as the best keyboard title in Google Play - we are now the fastest, most accurate, and best designed keyboard out there. Even in the presence of free alternatives, people are willing to pay a premium when it comes to world-class design and next-gen features for their keyboard, and for good reason, given just how much time you spend on it every day. Downloads have been growing 30% monthly since launching last December, and our conversions to paid users have been increasing dramatically as well. It’s great testament to the quality of our product and shows that the keyboard is a huge part of the overall phone experience, for both Android and iOS” said Kosta Eleftheriou, Founder and CEO of Fleksy.
Also included are 17 new languages, which were only available in beta until today, bringing blazing-fast typing to a whole new group of users all over the world. The extensive list of new languages includes Hebrew, Croatian, Lithuanian, Albanian, Norwegian, Tagalog, Catalan and much more. Based on billions of words typed so far, Fleksy has also significantly improved accuracy for all 40 supported languages so far.
Fleksy is available on Google Play and at http://android.fleksy.com/