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Pinterest acquires third-party mobile keyboard maker Fleksy

By Shawn Knight
Jun 15, 2016
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  1. Fleksy, makers of the third-party keyboard application by the same name for mobile devices, has been acquired by Pinterest. Financial terms of the deal, which initially seems like an unusual fit, weren’t disclosed.

    In announcing the news on its site, Fleksy said its apps will remain available in app stores for the foreseeable future. Further updates, however, are sure to slow to a snail’s pace (if they come at all). The company added that it will open-source some of the Fleksy components that members of the blind and visually impaired community have grown to love.

    Pinterest elaborated on the matter a bit, noting that Fleksy founder and CEO Kosta Eleftheriou would be joining its product engineering team. VentureBeat is reporting that half of Fleksy’s 10-person team is also joining Pinterest.

    Eleftheriou said they’re excited to join Pinterest where they’ll continue working on intuitive content discovery experiences on mobile. Scott Goodson, Head of Core Experience at Pinterest, echoed those sentiments, noting that they’re intensely focused on refining the mobile experiences that make it possible to flow effortlessly through Pinterest’s catalog of ideas.

    Pinterest added that it is not acquiring the technology behind Fleksy.

    Fleksy arrived roughly four years ago as a third-party keyboard app in Apple’s App Store. Since that time, it has competed with other third-party keyboards including Swype and Swiftkey, the latter of which was scooped up by Microsoft earlier this year for $250 million.

    Lead image courtesy Ken Yeung, VentureBeat

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