“Affordable” keyboard for iOS and watchOS, FlickType starts gaining app support.

“Affordable” keyboard for iOS and watchOS, FlickType starts gaining app support.

From time to time, intrepid developers try to create alternative solutions for the typing experience on mobile devices. O FlickType one of these attempts with two important differentials: the focus on accessibility and Apple Watch support.

The keyboard is nothing new: it has been available on the App Store for about a year now, like so many other traveling keyboard concepts that fail miserably. The difference is that it's actually gaining recognition: several watchOS apps are adding support for FlickType so you can type through it without leaving your current task.

The concept behind FlickType is quite simple: instead of fixed keys, you have to type in "area", ie just tap where the desired key is located and the algorithm is in charge of predicting the word you are typing . In Apple Watch, where there is no room for a regular keyboard, this is especially useful; For those who don't like voice typing, FlickType is a hand on the wheel.

The keyboard also has gestures to complement the experience: to complete a word, just swipe right. Other gestures add punctuation, emojis or change the word for others.

In addition to allowing “traditional” typing on Apple Watch, FlickType is fully focused on accessibility: the high contrast interface provides users with limited vision, and the keyboard provides an (optional) sound feedback from everything typed to assist blind people.

FlickType currently supports English only; We contacted their developers and they stated that now that keyboard support is being widespread among other apps, they will start working on support for other languages, such as new features should arrive soon therefore.

Five apps already offer FlickType integration: Chirp for Twitter, Nano for Reddit, WristBook for Facebook, WatchChat for WhatsApp, and TweetWatch for Twitter.

FlickType, in turn, is available for free on the App Store; Use the free Apple Watch keyboard, but to use it as your standard iOS keyboard you need to subscribe to R $ 3,90 per ms.

via 9to5Mac