Published On: Sat, Jun 20th, 2020

Fleksy rolls out an SDK for the AI keyboard

The developers behind Fleksy have launched an SDK for Android and iOS to scale direct for white labelling of their AI keyboard program that bakes in privacy-safe next-word prediction. Swipe-style submit (which it calls Fleksywave) is also in beta and slated to hurl out soon.

Fleksy competes for smartphone users’ digits with giants like Google’s Gboard and Microsoft -owned Swiftkey, charity a standalone Android keyboard app with intelligent app suggestions — and a differentiating oath that your personal information is protected from information mining (as a AI runs locally).

Barcelona-based ThingThing took over growth of a Fleksy keyboard in 2017, after a strange group had been acqui-hired by Pinterest. The Spanish startup went on to entirely acquire a keyboard tech — sourroundings themselves adult to build out a chartering business where they can offer entirely stretchable white labelling for app (or device) makers that wish to offer a tradition keyboard to their users.

The indie dev group behind a keyboard app reckon a bulk of their income will be entrance from b2b chartering down a line. “We’re flourishing unequivocally quick on that market,” says CEO Olivier Plante. “Conversion is surprisingly high… The projections uncover that a b2b SDK business will paint during slightest 60%-70% of possess business model.”

One such progressing doing of a tech saw a Fleksy keyboard deployed on a ultramobile Palm handset. It’s had other device makers as customers, as good as customizing keyboards for third celebration apps in spaces such a cyber safety, medical and government, per Plante, yet he says they’re underneath NDA so aren’t means to divulge a names of any other customers.

While a group has been doing tradition implementations of Fleksy on an ad hoc basement for a while now, a SDK opens a doorway to scaling this side of a business.

“Since a companies need it we see that a chartering indication is utterly earnest for us, and now we have this apparatus that gives them a ability to work on their possess — with tiny help. So it’s unequivocally about this scalability,” he tells TechCrunch . “We fast saw it was critical to scale this.”

In terms of where direct is entrance from, Plante says they’re saying traction from Europe and a U.S., and also have some business in Asia and Africa. “This is where we unequivocally lay in a honeyed spot,” he argues. “We’re European, so remoteness is with us. Antitrust laws are with us — and then, on a other side, a large giants don’t have those forms of engaging projects on a side. It’s all mass scale and those forms of things.”

“The Chinese and Asian foe is only not in that hold indicate with Europe and a Americas,” he adds. “They’re out of strech and they’re unequivocally tough to understanding with is what we heard, in terms of only denunciation barriers and a approach they work. Fear of being copied and these forms of things.”

On specific use cases for a tradition keyboard, he says business come with “very, unequivocally opposite needs”. And infrequently after carrying attempted to build their possess keyboard — before determining that a turn of gloss compulsory to get a “proper keyboard” means they’ve bitten off some-more than they can chew.

“Some of them are in cyber safety,” he says of stream licensees. “They are perplexing to solve a problem where there is maybe information leaks, insurance of a sold opposite a larger threat. On a other side they are governments that are perplexing to make their messaging app unequivocally secure — so a keyboard and a summary app are one encapsulated whole that can't be penetrated… We also have direct in a medical environment.”

Plante points out a confidence risk of carrying a secure messaging app user who’s using a third celebration keyboard that uploads user information to a cloud. “You have a high risk of a information leak,” he argues.

“One sold common belligerent with all these players is this concentration on ‘your technology’s offline; there’s no hit with a outmost world. There’s no wily things you’re perplexing to do [in a background]. You’re accurately what we need and we have accurately a coherence that we need’,” he adds. “What we concentration on is providing a record — we don’t understanding with any personal information doing whatsoever… we don’t wish to understanding with that.”

Another area where it’s saying some traction is in a videogaming space — giving a instance of PC gaming keyboard makers wanting to offer a associated knowledge to mobile users and not meaningful how to go about creation program themselves. Plante also reckons there will be flourishing direct for ergonomic customization of keyboards within apps that are targeted during aged or unequivocally immature device users — who might not transport good with customary keyboard layouts.

Being a gaunt startup is another offered indicate for Fleksy, as he tells it — enabling a group to support to smaller business needs than keyboard-owning tech giants would typically worry with.

“One of a pivotal aspects that we have is that we built from a belligerent adult — all a record that we have in a keyboard is ours. From a algorithm; a approach it works; a blueprint of a keyboard; opposite languages; there’s no blackbox,” he adds. “We can do a lot of things — adding specific difference to a dictionary, tweaking a autocorrection so it gears toward some-more of a specific form of race that uses a specific form of names and words. There’s so most control over whatever we wish to do with a keyboard —  a clients are perfectionist things and we contend yeah we can do this.”

While a area of ThingThing’s business has shifted onto chartering (currently around tiered pricing, depending on series of keyboard users), it continues to offer a Fleksy keyboard as a b2c free-to-download app on Android. And while getting traction as a tiny indie keyboard app clearly stays challenging, a consumer app functions as a contrast belligerent for new Fleksy facilities and a showcase for a flourishing tube of b2b clients. 

“For a b2c side we’re perplexing to examination a bit how we can find a right change between a finish user — a giveaway app with monetization in a certain approach that doesn’t 1) use your personal information and 2) doesn’t turn a bit gimmicky,” says Plante. “So we’re perplexing to play around those and experiment.”

“We see a lot of seductiveness from brands out there, app developers that unequivocally wish to be in a keyboard since it has combined value for them… and also a user uses a keyboard about 100x-120x per day. Which is a lot of times. So there’s a lot of companies that wish to be there in this space,” he adds.

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