TouchPal X (teaser 001)

You already know Apple at last week’s WWDC gave its developer army the tools to build custom keyboards for iOS 8. It’s all part of making the mobile operating system extensible, customizable and more open to developers than ever before.

We also know that Swype, Fleksy and SwiftKey, as well as KeyPoint and Whirlscape, are all building their iOS 8 keyboards and now TouchPal has demoed its upcoming TouchPal X keyboard running on iOS 8.

Billed as “the first iOS 8 keyboard with gesture/sliding input,” next word prediction and other features, TouchPal X allows you to slide over letters for a word, up for a number and down for a symbol.

Check it out in action in a video included right after the break…

Before we get down to it, it’s worth mentioning that TouchPal is one of the most popular keyboard apps on Android with over 150 million users worldwide.

Having successfully ported the basic Android keyboard experience over to iOS 8, there is still work left to be done even though this early build does look promising.

Here it is.

Looks interesting.

But, there don’t seem to be predictive suggestions above the keyboard in a manner similar to Apple’s new QuickType keyboard in iOS 8 (with adaptive suggestions), or SwiftKey on Android for that matter.

Since the video showcases work-in-progress code, features are bound to improve before Apple starts accepting third-party keyboard submissions ahead of iOS 8’s public launch this Fall.

For what it’s worth, developers have assured us that both autocorrect and predictive word suggestion will make their way into the final build.

If you’re interested, you can request a beta invitation over at the TouchPal website.

  • Jonathan

    I hope I get the beta. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Dean Johnson

    I wonder how you install these

    • Jonathan

      Upon launching the app, it will ask if it can become a system wide keyboard. You then tap yes or no.

  • Framboogle

    Wtf is wrong with that phone’s Touch ID…

    • al7oot

      You mean the phones in the picture?

      • Giel Konink

        ahah looks fuckd up

    • Anmol Malhotra

      It’s called TouchpalID ๐Ÿ˜€ not TouchID :p

  • Frank Anthony

    I really don’t understand what this guy is doing on this video. Maybe it just me but i will prefer to type normally than drawing on a keyboard; after all thats what it meant for. If i wanna draw, i will simply open a drawing note app instead of this. Everyone is going on a fast lane this days. Easy people, i know u want it quick but we all gonna get there someday, together ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ali

      Some like typing, others like “drawing” (gesture-typing). Simple as that.

    • Anthony Nguyen

      It’s faster and better to type to stuff, by just swiping. I used Android before, this feature was one that was really useful to me. It’s not just drawing, it’s better, faster, and efficient way to type for some people.

    • mickey

      I use swiftkey on android but don’t use gesture typing. One thing I really like though is gestures on certain keys for secondary characters so I don’t have to switch the keys everytime I want to add punctuation or numbers/symbols. It’s not purely about speed but efficiency. Why take 3 taps to add a number when you could do it in 1 swipe? I could do the former equally fast (from years of ios usage) but prefer the simplicity of the latter. Gesture typing is here to stay.

  • hush

    Fast is not defined the same for everyone.
    If I type one hand yeah, swiping is faster, but I type fastest with my two thumbs.. tapping on each letter.

  • Eni

    is this going to be supoted with every language? ore that has nothing to do with that

  • J. Rockwell

    I can type twice as fast as that with the normal iOS keyboard. WTF!

  • momerathe

    When these finally all go live, would like to see a side by side comparison