CooTek, the developer behind the popular Chinese keyboard app TouchPal, launched a local service platform for China market today.

Last month TouchPal announced that total users of the keyboard reached 170 million. Approaching 90% are from outside China — 25% from the U.S., 18% from Europe, 8% from Russia, 6% from the Philippines and 5% from Indonesia.

The app, available on Android, iOS and Windows 8, is for free. The major revenue source of the tech-centric company is licensing deal with smartphone manufacturers. The company hasn’t disclosed financials, but people doubt that licensing a keyboard application could be a nicely profitable business.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com