TouchPal Keyboard has been a worthy competitor of Swype on Android for quite a long time. Swype might be the more popular of the two, but TouchPal is the first choice of a considerable percentage of Android owners. Swype has been available for iOS via the Cydia store for more than a year, and now, TouchPal has been released for the platform as well. The big news is, however, that TouchPal Keyboard is not limited to Cydia only, since it has been released in the App Store and works with almost all iDevices! Despite being a fresh release, this standalone app does not disappoint one bit. It supports English, German, Spanish and a few other major languages. The word prediction seems to be great, and text exporting options make it a convenient alternative to the default input method.
To change the language of the keyboard, or add another one to it, go to the app’s Settings menu. The languages available in TouchPal include the following.
The developers of the app have promised to add support for more languages in the near future, but even the current collection is quite impressive. Other options in Settings let users turn on autocorrect, change keyboard layout, toggle automatic spacing, turn keypress sound on or off and associate your Evernote account with the app.
If you keep the ‘TouchPal Curve’ option enabled, the app lets you input text simply by swiping across the keyboard, from one letter to another. TouchPal Keyboard provides word suggestions to complement this input method. The predication is rarely too far off (for English at least), which is why you are not likely to use the suggestions list very often. Letter-to-letter swiping isn’t the only gestures supported by TouchPal; you can add a new word to the app’s dictionary by tapping it, and delete an entered word with a leftward swipe.
The text snippets created using TouchPal Keyboard can be exported for use in text messages, emails and Evernote. You can also copy all the text that is on screen with a single tap of the ‘Copy’ button. In case you are using multiple languages, hit the globe icon to switch between keyboards quickly.
TouchPal Keyboard is meant for the iPhone and iPod touch, is optimized for the iPhone 5 and available as a free download on the iTunes App Store.