The Fleksy gesture-based, third-party keyboard is currently on sale for 75% off, which brings the cost down to 99 cents. It will remain at this price until Friday while the company celebrates its latest round of good fortune.
Fleksy has secured $2 million in funding from Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Middleland Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Militello Capital, and other investors. This comes less than a year after the product exited beta back in December of 2013, and it follows last month's announcement of the keyboard's first OEM partnership (it will come installed on the Samsung Gear S).
Turning to gestures is not uncommon for third-party keyboard designers looking to create the next revolution in mobile text input. Rather than produce something funky, Fleksy takes a traditional layout and replaces many of the non-character keys (backspace, enter, space) with swipes. Thrusting your finger to the right enters a space, while going in the opposite direction deletes the previous word. Users who prefer buttons can make them appear by swiping up with both thumbs.
The setup takes some getting used to, and at 99 cents, now might just be the time to give it a shot.
Fleksy Raises $2 Million Venture Round to Keep Pace With iOS Breakout
Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Highland Capital Partners, Middleland Capital, Militello Capital, and Others Add Support for Happy Typing
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 28, 2014) - Fleksy, the rising star of the mobile keyboard space, today announced a $2 million venture round with participation from Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Middleland Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Militello Capital, and other investment partners.
Fleksy fundamentally improves upon native touchscreen text input through powerful autocorrect, gestures, and customization options. Fast and fun, Fleksy is the keyboard of choice for users seeking a more enjoyable input method.
Since launching in December 2013, Fleksy has established its position as a favorite among Android users, boasting over 2 million downloads. iOS 8 was an immediate catalyst in accelerating Fleksy's already rapid growth though, as the keyboard quickly rose to #1 on the iOS paid App Store in 25 countries.
Fleksy will use this latest round of financing to continue aggressively improving product offerings on both platforms, building upon already impressive growth.
"The rapid adoption of keyboards on iOS 8 shows consumers demand a better typing experience," said Kosta Eleftheriou, Founder & CEO of Fleksy.
"People love typing with Fleksy, and it's propelled us to a leadership position in the space."
"We firmly believe in the keyboard as a platform since it is such a critical touchpoint for the mobile end-user," said Vic Singh, Founding General Partner at Eniac Ventures. "Fleksy has built the smartest and fastest keyboard on mobile and they are just getting started on iOS 8. We're proud to partner with Kosta and Ioannis."
Celebrating the announcement, Fleksy just shipped an Android update introducing improved accuracy and new features, to be followed closely by a new iOS version. The app is also being put on sale for $.99 through Friday.
"We have already shipped three significant updates to our iOS product in the last month," said Ioannis Verdelis, Founder and COO of Fleksy. "We're updating and improving our keyboard app faster than anyone in the market, and already enjoy the highest ratings of any major player. The funding will enable us to maintain this momentum."
Fleksy's keyboard for iOS and Android is available for download at http://fleksy.com.