Pinterest acquires the team behind Fleksy, a custom iOS and Android keyboard


We haven’t heard much from Fleksy — one of a number of custom keyboards for Android and iOS — lately, and it seems we may have an answer why: It’s been acquired by Pinterest.

But it isn’t a total product acquisition. While the app will continue running (with minimal updates) for the forseeable future, half of the team will be integrated into Pinterest’s product engineering team, the company said. So while there have been a bunch of successful custom keyboards — including SwiftKey, which Microsoft bought for $250 million — it just goes to show how hard the space is, especially with Apple and Google working to expand their keyboards’ capabilities.

Fleksy was an early entry to the iPhone’s custom keyboards, launching after Apple gave developers the opportunity to…

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