A user seen using the Thingthing Keyboard on her mobile. Image Credit: Thingthing
A user seen using the Thingthing Keyboard on her mobile. Image Credit: Thingthing

According to Venture Beat, Thingthing; an iOS keyboard app, raised about $400,000 in funding and launched an updated version of its product.

The investment came from Simile Venture Partners, Saatchinvest, Pioneers Ventures, Seedcamp and a number of angel investors.

According to the startup, the market for third-party keyboard apps is heating up with the recent Microsoft acquisition of the UK’s SwiftKey in February.

The iOS keyboard app lets you attach your documents, photos, calendar availabilities and more while chatting & emailing in any app – this reducing the amount of time for switching between apps that users do, Venture Beat reports.

The iOS keyboard app lets you attach your documents, photos, calendar availabilities and more while chatting & emailing.
The iOS keyboard app lets you attach your documents, photos, calendar availabilities and more while chatting & emailing.

“People love messaging, the more we bring into the keyboard, the less users will switch, and the more enjoyable their experience will be,” said Thingthing CEO Olivier Plante.

“Our vision is for everyone to just type. We want users to think about one thing at a time when typing, freeing their minds from switching apps, languages, and keyboards. Our powerful keyboard and hub does just this — it allows users to seamlessly make decisions.”

Plante tells Tech.eu that the keyboard app is only available for iOS at this time and will remain the focus for the startup, but there will be an Android version eventually.

“Mobile has become the primary channel of communication, and messaging is an essential part of our user experience,” added Tatiana Kim, Managing Partner at Simile Venture Partners. “Thingthing is tackling a problem of efficiency in users’ interaction in a novel and intelligent way. We appreciate that the team is focused on user-centered design, has clear vision of development strategy, and ambition for global coverage.”