The best alternative keyboards for Android
0. phoneArena 07 Jul 2014, 06:44 posted on
The ability to swap the stock on-screen keyboard with an alternative one is a big part of Android's open experience, and developers have come up with some of the best ideas in the industry to improve the challenging life of the virtual typist that we all are. Innovative input methods are pushing the concept boundaries, allowing you to reach levels of typing speed and precision attributed only to ergonomic physical keyboards before, and often surpassing them. We've rounded up a few of the best on-screen keyboards available for Android, to facilitate your search for the one and only keyboard that will suit your current needs best...
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1. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Swiftkey is still the best for me.
2. hassoups (Posts: 338; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
true, but i think their themes could really use a makeover
4. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Yeah but it doesn't really bother me much, the neon blue works just fine for me. You can still try Smart Keyboard or TouchPal X for better looking themes. We should actually be happy to have the freedom to choose and customize every aspect of our smartphones to make Android such a unique experience, unlike some sub-par OSes.
18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4000; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If Swiftkey made a theme that looked like the Google Keyboard, that would be great.
20. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
+1 A theme that fits the Android version would be amazing. I currently use Holo because it's the closest, but I really agree with the need to update the designs of their keyboard. Most of them are very dull, unsophisticated, and unprofessional.
36. RyanAtSwiftKey (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)
We have since added 30 new themes! Check them out if you have not.
41. lllach (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)
All these autocorrect, predictive are really annoying. People don't use autocorrect in Blackberry or in PCs for a simple reason: they write good enough. There's now an Android keyboard in GooglePlay, TipType, that claims the fastest typing in "non-opinionated" keyboards, because the use huge keys (but a QWERTY letter layout=. I found it amazing after 48hs adaptation. google "TipType record" (I can't post links).
3. Technobri (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Fleksy is really gaining ground on swiftkey
5. Stuntman (Posts: 714; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I recommend Kii Keyboard. I find that this keyboard works best for me. I like it because I like Kii's landscape layout more than any others that I have tried. I simply make fewer errors typing with this keyboard compared to others.
17. McLTE (Posts: 691; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I vote for Kii as well. I had A.I. for a while but it really started making me mad with it's suggestions. if I mistype a word, it will take it and start suggesting it constantly.
Kii has been good so far.
6. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I prefer the Google one myself.
Simple and works well enough for me.
9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Yeah, me too. Looks good, works fantastic, and very intuitive. (I also like Swiftkey, too)
11. Augustine (Posts: 709; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Yes. In its latest spin, it's almost as good as Swiftkey, which I tried before, but, with its stupid coupling with Dragon, made it bloated and sluggish. And I can switch languages quickly even in the middle of a text. Too bad it's not available for anything older than Jelly Bean, I think.
7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Swype best for me. The Pioneers of swipe gesture typing. Btw google keyboard is not that good as it seems
23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I change my words.
Swype is still a champion for me. But the latest Google keyboard (holo grey theme) is awesome and an easy recommendation for anyone wanting a free yet fast and smooth typing experience. :)
8. Planterz (Posts: 756; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I got Swiftkey when it was on sale for 99 cents, but after using it for a few years, I'd be happy paying the $3.99 for it. It's not perfect; my one complaint is when it autocorrects things I don't want corrected, but it makes up for that fact by NOT correcting it the second time I type it, because it realizes I didn't make a mistake. So often you see damnyouautocorrect entries where a person sends the wrong word several times. Not an issue with Swiftkey.
I might have to give Flesky a try though...
10. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Google Keyboard for phones, Tablet Keyboard (forgot the name of the app) for...tablets
13. steelew (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Ultra keyboard is the best all-a-round keyboard IMO. It has a lot of the features of these other keyboards and some features that they don't. I've been using it since I started using android and none of these listed here can match up.
14. Boybawang (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)
I tried them all and the best virtual keyboard in the world is "MESSAGEASE". I swear nothing comes close to it.
22. Stuntman (Posts: 714; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I did try to learn to type with MessagEase, but I just felt that the learning curve was too much. I'm just too used to the QWERTY layout that such a nonstandard layout required too much time and effort for me to achieve proficiency at a reasonable level.
16. tweetgadget (Posts: 11; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)
on smartphone ..fleksy Is the best .. thumb keyboard is the best for tablet
21. lovemasterbaba (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)
I'm going to try the aii keyboard, swiftkey now cost $5 in the play store too expensive i'm not buying. I'd try fleksy too.
37. RyanAtSwiftKey (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)
SwiftKey is now free if you have not heard. =D
24. TheOldOne (Posts: 86; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
best one is Samsung Note 3 keyboard: has the swipe, has the handwriting recognition.
25. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Holy shiet that's an annoying voice in video #2
26. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 May 2014)
I love Swiftkey but if you use hangouts and click on the emoji button on the keyboard and start swiping through emojis it's super slow(Note 3) compare to android L keyboard but best predictions goes to swiftkey.
27. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
IMO Fleksy's overrated. I trialed it for 2 weeks with high hopes, really loved the "invisible" keyboard and gesture inputs features.
However, I went back to Swiftkey in the end as Fleksy's autocorrection engine was just plain useless, even after 2 weeks of manually learning and letting it learn from my social apps. It can't even detect spelling errors like "eevn" or "samrt".
Minuum has a good concept, but my thumbs get pretty uncomfortable having to bend at such angles to keep them at the absolute bottom of the screen all the typing time.
29. Neo_Huang (Posts: 376; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
Also, Go Keyboard allows you to set your own background.
30. Anonn (Posts: 55; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
A.I.Type Keyboard. The only one I know with Undo and Personal Shortcuts. Dont care about swipe stuff and prediction.
31. Stuntman (Posts: 714; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I'm seeing comments from February. Did PA just recycled this article?
32. azfar (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)
google android L keybaord with material theme suit best for me.
35. harimura (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)
Swype because its one of the few swipe keyboards that supports Japanese input.
Their Japanese dictionary is terrible though as it seems to leave out a number of characters used for local place names.
38. liisamariie0330 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)
I was using Samsung S4 stock keyboard for awhile, a few months ago switched to Go Keyboard (nice themes, every other aspect sucked) & now I use Ultra Keyboard. No Emoji's thus far but I haven't really looked in to it yet. It has so many different features, nice themes & it's full of customizing options.
40. steelew (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
The emoji are in the a` button on the toolbar.
39. liisamariie0330 (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)
With Go Keyboard I had so many issues. It never recognized my personal dictionary. (Annoying)
Even worse are the predictions. I accidently hit the "k"when typing lion, so I typed "klion"... for one, lion wasn't even an option, the only words that it brought up was klondike & Lloyd. Lol.