The predictive keyboard will be available on app stores in the near future
Photo sharing website Pinterest has acquired the team behind keyboard app Fleksy. Following the acquisition, keyboard technology won’t be incorporated with Pinterest from now onwards. The keyboard app will continue to function independently and will be available for download in the app stores for an unforeseeable future, but with minimum updates.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed by both the companies. But as part of the acquisition, half of Fleksy’s 10 member team will join Pinterest mobile platform engineering unit. While CEO and founder Kosta Eleftheriou will join in the product engineering team of the visual search engine.
Fleksy in its goodbye blog post wrote: “Over the years it has been our great pleasure to bring you the fastest and most reliable typing experience. Building a keyboard, especially a good keyboard, is not an easy task. In fact, it’s really hard. Without all of your support and feedback it wouldn’t have been possible. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you.”
The team to be transferred to Pinterest will work on different projects that include new consumer features, growth prospects, and creation of a better platform infrastructure. As part of a tribute to its users, Fleksy has also opened up its source of some components that over the years has helped out blind and visually-impaired community.
This shows that Fleksy might help Pinterest in building new products or apps in the future. It will also be interesting to see whether at some point in time Fleksy’s technology gets incorporated in the visual search to enhance user experience.
Fleksy was developed as an app that would help out the blind people on iPhone and iPad. Following its success, the company expanded its product to cater the Android devices as well as helping people improve their typing speed with an option to customize their keyboards.
For Fleksy, it was getting tough to compete with Swype and SwiftKey, which were bought by Microsoft for $250 million in February. With an estimated 12 million downloads on both iOS and Android devices, the virtual keyboard company had raised around $6 million from investors including Highland Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.