TouchPal Demos Gesture Keyboard with Sliding Input for iOS 8

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    One of the major iOS 8 announcements at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference was support for systemwide third-party keyboards, and a number of prominent keyboard developers have announced their intention to support iOS. Fleksy was the first to share a photo of its keyboard running on iOS 8, and today TouchPal has posted a video of its keyboard in action.

    TouchPal's video shows its keyboard supporting gesture/sliding input similar to Swype, as demoed in the stock Messages app on iOS 8. TouchPal also supports autocorrect and predictive word suggestions, although these are not shown in the demo.

    While iOS 8's public release is still several months away, it's clear that keyboard developers, many of whom including Swype, Adaptxt and SwiftKey have honed their offerings on Android, are moving quickly to support iOS.

    Several major keyboard developers have already been working with iOS, as seen with the SwiftKey Note app with Evernote integration and Fleksy's developer tools that allow developers to add support for the firm's predictive keyboard on an app-by-app basis. As a result, we expect quite a few third-party options ready for the iOS 8 launch.

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    IOS 8 is going to rock when it comes this fall.
     
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    I love this. It's finally opening up to developers, and great things will come of this.
     
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    I'm really hoping my DadaistBoard finds a place of prominence on the App Store…

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    I miss Swype from my Android and am really looking forward to iOS8 and all this goodness. I want to try the different keyboards...much easier to text one handed versus stock.
     
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    Honestly I feel like these swiping keyboards are more confusing than useful, or fast.

    Personally I'd rather use the predictive ones.
     
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    Multi keys (numbers on the top qwerty row) and swype style thingymabob are two things I love about android and can't wait for it on iOS. Add to that the extensibility and were almost there! I might come back to iOS if they sort out the home screen...or lack thereof.

    My favourite thing about android is the app drawer, with all my apps in alphabetical order. And a single home screen with a few of my favourite apps on, with a nice picture. Simplicity.

    So yeah, can't wait for custom keyboards.
     
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    i don't feel like the swiping would be easier for most people. But a cool feature nonetheless.
     
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    So I guess there's a rush on amongst app vendors to try and be the biggest name in keyboards come iOS 8.

    But is this really something that most people want or care about? I think with the improvements in iOS 8's keyboard, 99% of users won't care enough to ever install an alternative - especially one they have to pay for.
     
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    Nice of Apple to offer third party keyboards and I wonder what will happen next. Sandboxing hasn't won then fans.
     
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    Do we know how these are being implemented yet? Will we have to download an app that will show up as an icon on the homepage or will there be a new Extensions section in the app store?
     
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    iOS 8 Extensions, including keyboard extensions, require a container app. They'll show up on the app store just like any other app.
     
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    Developers make more money on iOS than Android. It's no wonder that they're tripping over themselves to make these new apps available. iOS 8 is pretty much win all around. Developers are more optimistic than ever for the future of this platform. Makes me wonder what we'll see this time next year?
     
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    Keyboard apps - the new fart app for the App Store.
     
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    Everything is still sandboxed. That's the beauty of it.
     
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    Umm. doesn't any company have a patent on that swipe-type interface? So we'll see 100 keyboards with the same functionality? I keep seeing those blue lines in many apps. Didn't one company have the foresight to patent that? Or are they all just licensing it? I'm fine with the standard keyboard, but choice is good.
     
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    Don't care - as long as there are one or two really good ones. I will go with the current 'big names' and otherwise wait for reviews - that way I don't have to sort through the overhead of too many not so good ones.
     
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    Get ready for everyone claiming to be the first 3rd party iOS 8 keyboard.
     
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    After all this hullabaloo, I'm going to be keyBORED.

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    Another way to cercumvent the profanity filters.;)
     
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    the appeal of swipe style keyboards is that you can type without looking at the phone and with one hand only (supposedly). i personally don't care though. i'm a wizard with the default one.. :p
     

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