Qwerky Keyboard Speeds Up Typing Emoji On iOS
One other keyboard contender has launched on iOS hoping to persuade teenagers to shell out a couple of bucks for an app that provides them fast hearth entry to the characters that matter most of their texting life: emoji.
The backstory right here is that Apple lastly opened up developer entry to the keyboard in iOS eight final fall. Since then we’ve seen a raft of various iOS keyboard apps popping as much as attempt to garner a following.
The newest of those, the Qwerky gesture-based mostly keyboard — made by a U.Okay.-based mostly dev staff, places emojis a mere swipe away from an ordinary Qwerty keyboard so customers can speedily change between letters and symbols as they sort.
The numbers and punctuation display can also be positioned a Tinderish gesture away, as an alternative of requiring the typist to precision-faucet a nook key to toggle between keyboards each time they need to add in an apostrophe or punctuate their missive with a smiling poop — as is the case on the native iOS keyboard.
Qwerky’s gestures supply solely incremental comfort, positive, but when your typical texting output seems one thing like this –
– you then’re going to seek out the power to shortcut between letters and emojis fairly candy.
“We discovered Swiftkey/Swype/and so on are sluggish to succeed in the keys you actually need (that winky face… or aubergine!). With our keyboard, swiping left and proper shortly navigates from textual content to emojis,” says co-founder Ed Moyse, explaining what drawback the Qwerky staff set out to repair.
In addition to letting customers summon emoji with a swipe, Qwerky has some emoticon-formed easter eggs up its sleeve. Comparable to in the event you sort ‘saturdaynight’ the keyboard will sub out your letters for an emoji model of John Travolta (pictured on the prime of this publish).
Extra such bonus ‘emoji artwork’ subs are apparently incoming.
Now Qwerky is on no account the one alt iOS keyboard looking for to money in on teenagers’ emoticon (and GIF) <three. Different emoji keyboards launching on iOS in current occasions embrace the place-to-go-suggesting Goji, the higher laid out Emoji++, and the image suggesting Keymoji, to call three. However Qwerky is hoping it’s give attention to velocity and ease will assist the app stand out in a crowded area.
“We’re aiming to face out/persuade individuals to remain by providing a keyboard that allows you to sort like a human,” says Moyse. “Individuals use a mixture of textual content, emojis, footage, and GIFs to precise themselves, however different keyboards don’t deal with this satisfactorily.”
Qwerky shouldn’t be a free app — however that’s pretty normal for smaller keyboard app makers. It’s priced at $zero.ninety nine for launch week, and $1.ninety nine thereafter. So sure, that is completely about cashing in on teenagers eager to ship footage of money to one another. However that’s a signal of our emoji-loving occasions.
One phrase of warning: there isn’t a phrase prediction with Qwerky. So relying on how a lot you lean on Apple’s (or others’) subsequent phrase suggestion algorithms to hurry your typing you may truly discover it slower to bash out phrases on Qwerky.
However, then once more, if you reckon emoting is > spelling anyway that’s in all probability not going to hassle you an excessive amount of.
Calling all Precise Teenagers.