The one-month free trial of SwiftKey expired just as I was getting the hang of it. I could still type with it but I could no longer auto-complete the words I was planning to write.

Rather than spend $4 on the full app, I searched online for some alternatives. A couple of the choices in the Google Play Store had demonstration videos on YouTube. Despite it having a soundtrack of “Gangnam Style,” I went with an app called TouchPal.

So far, I like TouchPal better than SwiftKey. In fact, I used it to write the text of this blog post. I added the hyperlinks later.

Supposedly TouchPal will learn from my text messages, tweets and Facebook posts. The more I use it, the more accurately it will be able to predict my next word. In a way, it reminds me of an improv game called One Word at a Time Story.

I thought it would be fun to let the app write a few sentences. In the game, we start with an audience-suggested noun. Last night I was watching a movie awards show, so let’s use “movie” as the starting noun. I will type “A movie…” and then only choose words that the app suggests. Here we go!

A movie about the future of Christmas music is the worst thing I have ever seen. It would have to make a difference to be the first thing that I don’t want you to laugh at. All day I was thinking about your feelings and then only a few more hours of work till I get home.

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