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What they say
What we say
Don't be fooled by the fact that this is listed as 'TouchPal Chinese Input' in the Market (and the description), this excellent input method has full support for English (sorry, no other languages at this time it seems) and is completely free of Chinese language when in use (just turn off the Chinese dictionaries in the application settings). I've been a big fan of TouchPal for a long time, so i'm excited to see it in the Market and FREE! The included skin is slightly ugly, but it makes up for this with handy features including QWERTY, 20 key and 12 key layouts that can be switched between by swiping horizontally on the keyboard, swipe up on a letter for upper case and swipe down on a letter to use the symbol from that key (soooo useful!).
I hope we'll see a full multi language release on the Market at some point, however TouchPal's primary business model is via OEMs (TouchPal is bundled on Huawei devices for example), so it's unclear at this point when / if that will happen.
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To use, install 'Barcode Scanner' from the Android Market.
FREE (We like that! )
Market star rating at time of writing
4.39 (377 ratings)
Version at time of writing
Similar / Alternative apps
There are many alternative input methods on the market, including Smart Keyboard, Better Keyboard and SwiftKey (amongst many others).
Suggested improvements for the next version
I would like to see a full release with support for more languages but most importantly a prettier stock skin and theming support.
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