The team behind Fleksy, which is gesture-based keyboard app, is all set to join Pinterest. The financial details of the deal are not confirmed, but the Fleksy team confirmed the app will remain on the App Store and Google Play Store.
According to a report in VentureBeat, “Pinterest revealed that Fleksy founder and chief executive Kosta Eleftheriou will join the company’s product engineering team, while half of its 10-member team will join the mobile and mobile platform engineering departments.”
Fleksy announced the deal in a blogpost and said,”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.”
Fleksy app was launched four years back on iOS for blind users, at a time where 3rd party platform keyboards were not supported on iOS.
The team’s blogpost read,”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.”
Pinterest told VentureBeat they are looking at redefining core mobile experiences for their users and the Fleksy’s team engineers can help achieve this. The report notes Fleksy’s technology won’t go to Pinterest, but “the team will likely still find a way to incorporate it into the visual search and discovery site.”