There are quite a few alternative options when it comes to keyboards in the world of Android. It isn’t that the good people at Google don’t know how to make keyboards, but the fact that people are always looking around to make their life a bit simpler by typing less and more accurately. We are all familiar with a small app called Swype, which was a revolutionary concept in the world of touch input options. The program is great, but since it is not commercially available, the only two legal ways to own this software is by having a device licensed with it, or to be part of their beta testing program. What if you cannot do either of these? Well, XDA member TouchPal brings us a solution for all the those unsupported devices by Swype. TouchPal is built around a similar concept as that of Swype, where you can swipe your finger across the keyboard instead of typing. However, this program seems to have a much beefier smart predictions engine, which in turn would allow you to swipe over a couple of letters and get a full word as opposed to swiping over 3 or 4 letters before a good suggestion pops up. The dev has also posted a video in which they even show someone swiping on a blank touch input keyboard with the app actually recognizing the swipes.
The app is currently in closed beta, but you can easily have access to it by sending the dev an e-mail. Please leave your feedback for him if you do get into the beta testing program.
Why bother to use unlicensed Swype on your phone? The most innovative soft keyboard, 2009 GSMA Mobile Innovation Champion – TouchPal Keyboard is coming!
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