Next Keyboard

A better keyboard for iOS with stickers, themes & emojis 💃

#4 Product of the DaySeptember 03, 2015

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Ryan MacCarthy@ryanmac · Chief Data Scientist, KickFactory
This looks great but I have the worst luck with custom iOS keyboards. They're always slow and often crash. Am I the only one with this experience? Also, the latest keyboard I liked was Fleksy. I appreciated their imoji support. Is that where you are getting your stickers too?
Robleh Jama
Maker
@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@ryanmac Sadly, you're not the only one! iOS keyboards have been really buggy especially when iOS 8 launched but since then Apple has been making steady improvements. Ironically, we benefited a bit from this b/c we're shipping later when keyboards are more stable. That being said there's still a lot Apple can do to improve the experience for users and developers of third party keyboards. We're not integrating imoji just yet. We're big fans of those guys. We created some fun and original stickers for the Next launch. Like our silly cat friend Gabby and a smooth talking taco named Don Juan :)
Matthew Hui@matthui · Founder @ Senzu.io
@ryanmac Agree. I've had to uninstall all of the custom keyboards I have tried
Martin Kessler@kesslerio · Founder & COO of Shape. I ❤️ Hardware.
@robjama Do you know if iOS 9 is fixing some of the 3rd party keyboard issues? It's just been too frustrating for me with slow loading times and the keyboard not loading occasionally.
esquim.al@davidesquimal · http://esquim.al
@ryanmac same problem here. And that just gets worse when you're handling more than one language often, I change all the time between Spanish, English and emoji and third party keyboards take way more time than the Apple one to do that. That said, this one looks dope and I'm definitely going to try it! : )
What's next's take on simultaneous support for multiple languages...especially those that share or could share a similar keyboard layout (for example QWERTZ or QWERTY), such as English (as the base) paired with another one language German / Spanish / French / Portuguese / Finnish / Swedish / Italian / Polish / Danish / Czech etc. (special characters accessible via long-press or just autocorrection). stock iOS, requires switching the entire keyboard, with slightly varying key layouts from language to language. It also keeps the emoji keyboard in the list, which makes quick cycling really bothersome. fleksy, has its own integrated emoji solution, but still requires to swipe the spacebar to switch between languages. Faster than stock iOS, but still bothersome. swiftkey, is great with its simultaneous dual-language-autocorrection, but the keyboard crashes every few minutes :( Does next solve this problem? It is neither addressed in the app description, nor on the page. Multi-language support is a must, as the group of digital natives that switch between English (web) and their country's local language (communication) is ever-growing. And the list of languages above should be enough proof how large that group potentially could be.—You could solve a real problem here...or have you maybe already solved it? Thanks :)
Robleh Jama
Maker
@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@boettges Hey Peter! Thanks for sharing your experiences with other keyboards. For V1, we're only supporting English but are working on adding additional languages. I'd love to know what would make it easier for you esp. when switching between languages. Is that the biggest problem?
Ryan Hoover
Hunter
@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Fun keyboard for the iPhone Kickstarted and built by @robjama and co. Love the video. 😊
There are a bunch of other keyboards to explore in this collection of Custom iOS Keyboards.
Simon Cave@simooncave · Community Manager
@rrhoover love it too!
Robleh Jama
Maker
@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
Thanks @rrhoover! I’m really excited to finally launch Next Keyboard Product Hunt! It’s been more than a year in the making. We took a very community-driven approach (inspired by how Ryan built PH) and with a little help from Kickstarter, Reddit, and Product Hunt, we were able to pull it off and really build something meaningful together. We’re on a mission to make the perfect keyboard for iPhone and this V1 launch is just the beginning for us. We plan on improving our prediction engine, adding swipe typing and continuing to innovate in the mobile messaging + AI space while exploring ways to extend the keyboard with integrations that will make it easy for people to express themselves and get work done on iOS. AMA - will be answering questions using Next Keyboard :)
Kevin William David@kwdinc · Community @Siftery. No 1 Hunter on PH🥇
Been using this as my default keyboard for a while. Love it. Congrats on the launch @robjama :)
Robleh Jama
Maker
@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@kwdinc Thanks Kevin!
William Channer@williamchanner · Co-founder of Panda
Great stuff Robleh and team. Literally downloading it now!
Robleh Jama
Maker
@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@williamchanner Thanks William. Looking forward to the next episode of DRT.
Roberto Mateu@rmateu · 5typos.com
Bought it for support, since I wasn't on the Kickstarter. However, how far the road are additional languages? Spanglish is needed for some of us :)
Robleh Jama
Maker
@robjama · Product @Shopify prev.@Tiny Hearts acq'd
@rmateu Thanks Roberto! We're working on adding additional languages and have a few team members dedicated to that. Spanish is definitely near the top of our list :)
Esteban Aravena@esbvn · Director of Client Services
@robjama I will wait for this update! Can't wait to download
Greg Barbosa@gregbarbosa · Founder, Prayer Hands Apparel
What an adorable video.