File this one under weird acquisitions: Fleksy, one of the first third party keyboards for mobile devices, has been acquired by Pinterest. The acquisition was announced with a tweet and a short blog post on the Fleksy website.
We’ll be open-sourcing some components of Fleksy soon. Stay tuned! https://t.co/ncQSI8ggst
— Fleksy (@fleksy) June 15, 2016
Fleksy first launched four years ago in the iOS store, and its big feature was giving blind users the ability to use it as it not only fixed typing errors, but also spoke back the word as you typed it. Ashley and Kosta Eleftheriou, current COO and CEO of Fleksy, indicated that the keyboard app would remain in app stores for the foreseeable future, and as indicated in their tweet have decided to open-source some of the Fleksy components.
Fleksy will remain available in the app stores for the foreseeable future, so no need to worry about being forced to re-learn to type on a alternative keyboard
As a tribute to our incredible community of users we have made the decision to open-source some of the Fleksy components that the blind and visually impaired community grew to love. We trust you’ll do great things with it.
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