Apple opened the Pandora’s box with the iOS 8 when it announced that it is ready to support third party keyboards. Several well known Android keyboard manufacturers including the likes of Swiftkey were very quick to jump the gun and have a keyboard in place for the iPhone too. However, thanks to a keyboard that is already capable, not a lot of these initiatives really took off as they did not add a lot of what the original iPhone keyboards lacked. And no, we are not talking about keyboards that let you bring Gifs or things, but keyboards strictly for those who use the keyboard strictly for typing on.
And for this purpose alone, probably Microsoft has brought the best keyboard for the iPhone. The Word Flow keyboard, that has been widely anticipated is out for the iPhone albeit only in the United States. In order to experience the keyboard, you will need to be on the US store on your device as the global rollout is still awaited.
The best feature about the keyboard is the fact that it has a neat arc mode, which turns the rectangular contour of the keyboard to an arc, which makes typing by one hand a real breeze. This is especially useful if you have the bigger iPhone 6 Plus or the 6s Plus, where it’s impossible to type with one hand on the regular keyboard. The keyboard also has predictive texting so it can learn from your usage pattern and predict what would be the next word that you would type in and predict the same, so you can just tap it and save a ton of keystrokes.
There is also an interesting theming engine, where you can upload an image of your choice as the background, though we are not really the fan of this as it really hampers the legibility of the characters on the keyboard. The app does come with a set of customizable keyboard backgrounds by default too. if you do not like the arched keyboard you can also change the angle of curvature or simply use the flat rectangular one.
Other than the fact that it is not available globally, the major issue with the keyboard is that it supports only the English US language, so if you want to type out, say in Hindi or any other language of your choice, you are in a soup. We assume that there would be plenty of updates coming our way from Microsoft and soon the keyboard would land on Android too. You can go ahead and download the new keyboard from here.