Sep 9th, 2011

We last told you about the TouchPal virtual keyboard back in July and how it was shaping up to be a really good Swype alternative. Unfortunately, back then the app was in private beta and the only way to get your fingers on it was by contacting its developer Cootek via Twitter. It’s been a long time coming but I am pleased to announce that the TouchPal keyboard is finally out of beta and available in the Android Market.

As one of the first beta testers, I admit, I was having trouble getting TouchPal to replace my beloved Gingerbread keyboard. Thankfully, the TouchPal has come a long way since then and is now leaps-and-bounds better than its predecessor. Check out some of TouchPal’s features:

  • Unique patented technologies of TouchPal Keyboard
  • TouchPal Curve – the first predictive sliding in the world!
  • Intelligent next-word prediction. It may save up to 80% keystrokes.
  • Magic mistyping correction on Full QWERTY layout. Blind typing is no longer a dream!
  • Mixed language input allows auto language detection. No need to switch languages.
  • Innovation of T+ dual-letter layout. Bigger keys than QWERTY!
  • Multi-lingual support (download language packs after installation)
  • Voice input (system requirement: Android 2.2 or above)
  • Outstanding dictionary with online update
  • Import contact list to your user dictionary
  • Backup/restore user dictionary in SD card
  • Slide down on keys to quickly input number and symbols
  • Fantastic sliding experience

The only thing left now is for you guys to give it a shot. TouchPal is free right now in the Android Market but only for a limited time. Cootek is rewarding early adopters by making the app free until October 31st. Make sure to try it out for a few hours to get the hang of it. After that, don’t forget to rate in the Market accordingly. As always, I would love to hear your guys’ feedback in the comments as well. Happy swiping!

Thanks, Timmy!

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