One of the many joys of Android is the freedom of choice. This freedom manifests itself in various ways, from being able to choose your email client, media player, and camera apps, all the way to being able to choose an alternative keyboard. Not that there’s anything wrong with the stock keyboard, especially after the sliding gesture support added in Jelly Bean, but some prefer to sample other available options. One such option is TouchPal Keyboard.
Launching as an exclusive beta on the XDA forums, TouchPal Wave is the next generation of TouchPal. What makes it unique? For starters, the keyboard is almost entirely customizable. From downloadable skins to button sizes and other typing preferences, users can tailor the keyboard to their own typing style. Next, the keyboard allows you to visually keep tabs of just how much time you’re saving. But most significantly, TouchPal Wave offers three methods of input entry that can all be used seamlessly.
So how does the keyboard work? Despite its beta status, I would say quite well. In my admittedly limited testing, word prediction seems intuitive and gesture typing offers accuracy at least on par with the competition. However, the keyboard’s namesake is where things get interesting. Once Wave has learned your typing style, it offers a powerful and intuitive method of rapidly accepting predictions. While more of a novelty at first, as its predictions become more useful, the Wave feature will shave more and more time from each successive sentence.
While TouchPal Wave keyboard may not be for everyone, it’s definitely worth a shot for anyone who wants to try something new. Launching exclusively as a free and open beta on the XDA-Developers forums, simply head over to the application thread to get started._________