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Which Android keyboard are you using?

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Which Android keyboard are you using?
The ability to change the stock on-screen keyboard that comes with your phone, for a better one made by a third-party developer, is a big part of Android's open experience. Devs have consistently proven they can come up with some of the best ideas in the industry to improve the challenging life of the virtual typist in all of us. Innovative input methods like gesture typing and geometrical intelligence are pushing the concept boundaries, allowing you to reach levels of typing speed and precision attributed only to ergonomic physical keyboards before, and sometimes even surpassing them. 

We recently 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. There are a lot of great choices in there, and the list is by no means exhaustive, as our phones' Android overlays come with their own decked-out keyboards, and even Google's stock Android one is a great contender now. That is why we wanted to ask you which of the many stock or third-party Android keyboard choices are you using on your phone or tablet. Checkmark your current thumb-wrecker situation in the poll below, and tell us why did you choose what you have in the comments.


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Which Android keyboard are you using?
29.2%
573 votes
(573 votes) I'm using whatever comes with my phone, custom ROM or launcher
42.46%
833 votes
(833 votes) SwiftKey
2.96%
58 votes
(58 votes) TouchPal
0.92%
18 votes
(18 votes) ai.type Keyboard
0.31%
6 votes
(6 votes) Multiling Keyboard
2.6%
51 votes
(51 votes) Fleksy
0.71%
14 votes
(14 votes) Minuum
0.25%
5 votes
(5 votes) SlideIT
6.32%
124 votes
(124 votes) Swype
0.66%
13 votes
(13 votes) Smart Keyboard PRO
0.51%
10 votes
(10 votes) GO Keyboard
0.46%
9 votes
(9 votes) Thumb Keyboard
0.66%
13 votes
(13 votes) Hacker's Keyboard
11.98%
235 votes
(235 votes) Other

1962 votes

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posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:25 13

1. Duketytz (Posts: 323; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I'm too used to Sony's keyboard that everything else that I used seems to be inferior compared to it. Maybe I should try and change.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:28 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7357; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Try the Android L keyboard or Swiftkey. I can send you the APK for AL.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:49

14. Antimio (Posts: 125; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


gdrive link?

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:50 3

15. Duketytz (Posts: 323; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Hahaha I have android L on my phone but for some reason couldn't really get used to it.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:22

21. josephnero (Posts: 278; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Using ported Xperia keyboard on Sammy S4.Stock sammy KB is goods too

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:26

35. billgates (Posts: 331; Member since: 29 May 2014)


I'm new to sony phones but I don't like that it doesn't have the mic option (maybe I'm missing it)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 16:09 1

56. Sora77 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


You can enable it in the setting.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 12:36 1

48. Synack (Posts: 659; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Android L Keyboard should be an option

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 13:00

49. RandomUsername (Posts: 354; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


For me, the most useful feature is probably the automatic language switching. Do you know of any others that offer this feature?

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:28 3

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7357; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Vintage Android L keyboard!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:52 1

17. Duketytz (Posts: 323; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I do love the design though:)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:28 12

3. hmd74 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


where's google keyboard?!!!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:48 1

27. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I recently changed from Xperia's keyboard to Google's... The former is not bad but it had some annoyance like automatic learning for words that I might not use again...

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 13:00 2

50. RandomUsername (Posts: 354; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


You can turn that off ;)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 14:01 2

53. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I like using Swype-like keyboards, so in Xperia when you activate the "Slide" keyboard it automatically add words that you type by tapping... this way the phone automatically adds many mistakes, and single-use words...
And you can't turn that off

Google keyboard require you to tap the word you typed twice before learning it as a new word...

Don't get me wrong, I like the Xperia keyboard (for a year and a half) but after switching to Google's there is no coming back...

Similarly to how I tried early Moto music player, Cubed, TuneWiki, MixZing, Samsung Music Player... and finally Loving Walkman and not going back...

I usually don't like downloading apps that duplicates what the phone bundled (if its actually good)... but I have had my exceptions and Google Keyboard is one of them.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 22:05 1

58. steedsofwar (Posts: 232; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Too true buddy. I've been using the google keyboard since the gingerbread days. Their keyboard is just so responsive and also powerfully simple yet intuitive. The theme is kind of naff but the new Material design with one or two tweaks would make it awesome.

Visually speaking? Fleksy is the most beautiful, no question about it.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:30

5. Phoenity (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


I use swiftkey daily, but i dabble with the google kb and the android L kb, plus minuum is pretty cool too but my fingers are too big to use it properly.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:32 1

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2652; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Swype FTW! For those who don't want to spend but want a great keyboard, just get the google keyboard, the latest version(not fan of the new theme) is surprisingly awesome.
BTW Argentina 4-2 :)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:36

7. Antimio (Posts: 125; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Ole ole ole, ole ole ola

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:56 2

30. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1697; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Romero the hero. Gonna be an exciting final!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:08

34. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2652; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Sure. I'm rooting for Argentina, bored of Germany. BTW Cortana now at 14-0 record. RIP Paul Octopus.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:30

36. billgates (Posts: 331; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Cortana is14-0? Wow

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:33 1

37. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2652; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Yeah she's amazing at predictions.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:46

39. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1697; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


It'll be the first time I'd be against something Microsoft. I want her to be 14 to 1.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:41

38. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1697; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Even I'm rooting for Argentina. See, we can agree on something!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 11:25

45. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Oh I wanna get in the group too :/

But go Germany! :D

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:42

8. livyatan (Posts: 656; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


In my experience, the Go keyboard has the best visuals/features, but SwiftKey is the best one to use

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:45

9. garlic456 (Posts: 149; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


Where ia android l keyboard?

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:45

10. tokuzumi (Posts: 233; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


Swiftkey here. I like google's keyboard, but it is not anywhere near as good as Swiftkey. And now that Swiftkey is free, that just seals the deal.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:46 1

11. na7noo7 (Posts: 92; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Android L keyboard.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:47 2

12. fatTony (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)


I used SwiftKey for years and never thought I've every use anything else. That was until I got the LG G2. The keyboard has been able to handle all of my needs, has been accurate (for the most part), has built-in emojis, and has a dedicated number row at the top (main reason I left Swoftkey). I does everything Swiftkey did for me and then some so I thought I had no other reasons to replace it. Of course, individual experience may vary so use whichever keyboard works best for you. This default keyboard works best for me.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:51

29. therocker (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)


superb keyboard fella ;)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:01

32. Awalker (Posts: 172; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


SwiftKey has a number row now.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:47 1

13. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 305; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Normally I just use the stock Google keyboard but I've been using the Android L keyboard and I've grown fond of it. (I guess you could say they're the same)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 08:52

16. yowanvista (Posts: 287; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Default AOSP keyboard

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:12

18. shahulvm (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Am using Kii keyboard and it is pretty good.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:48 3

26. AJagtiani (Posts: 357; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


I use Google Keyboard. It's the best keyboard if you ask me. Why isnt it on the list PA?

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:19

19. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2337; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Android L.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:21 1

20. michaelmicro (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Jun 2014)


I use the Google keyboard from the Play Store.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:22

22. aditya.k (Posts: 455; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


The Android L keyboard!

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:26

23. AfterShock (Posts: 2106; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Another, L-Keyboard.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:30

24. amansingal14 (Posts: 283; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Well too much of Android L keyboard users here (incl me)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:44 1

25. bestmvno (Posts: 108; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Do the majority not really swipe when typing? I see currently Swiftkey is leading the poll, but I find that keyboard the worst of the worst when it comes to swiping. It get's too many words wrong, on top of that it generally does not even give me options of words to change the swiped word to.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:00

31. Awalker (Posts: 172; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


If I'm using one hand I swype but I'm using both hands I type. I don't have a problem with swiping on the SwiftKey.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 09:51 1

28. therocker (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)


the keyboard which comes with my lg g2 :)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:07

33. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Android L for me. Too bad google took it off playstore.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 10:48

40. kanagadeepan (Posts: 634; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


It should have been a multiple choice poll...

I am using the following in Droid MAXX
Android L (for Indian English)
SwiftKey (for both Number Row & arrow Key row in main KB + best prediction, but eats MORE RAM)
Sellinam (Tamil phonetic KB)

Whereas in RazrMAXX (GSM)
kii Keyboard (as good as Swiftkey with less prediction accuracy , but uses LESS RAM)
Sellinam (Tamil phonetic KB)

DroidRazr
AI Type KB plus (Big number key row)
Sellinam

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 11:00

41. doubler86 (Posts: 317; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


There's other keyboards besides Swiftkey?

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 11:01

42. Totse2k15 (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


I'm using the Android L Material APK keyboard - on XDA. Moto G.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 11:06

43. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1117; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Swype. Since the Symbian era.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 11:17

44. EnigmaticPsychotic (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)


L keyboard that comes with the preview.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 11:43

46. Settings (Posts: 173; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Sony keyboard for me. Lightweight and simple. Straightforward. Swiftkey is #2.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 12:15

47. cjo1992 (Posts: 22; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Flesky. I can type a lot faster when using it than any other keyboard.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 13:22

51. Captain_Doug (Posts: 747; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I'm using an all called jelly bean keyboard 4.4.3. It's just like the stock version but has some more options like spring the height of the keys.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 13:34

52. JohnMilisis (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 May 2014)


I love my google keyboard on my nexus 5

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 14:04

54. jellmoo (Posts: 624; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I'm trying the Android L keyboard now, and it is pretty nice, but I feel it really needs a re-size option. I find it a little on the small side for my liking. I see myself returning to Fleksy shortly.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 14:08

55. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


I've got 7 different keyboards installed on my phone right now, and they're all on this list. I like to chang it up from time to time.

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 17:24

57. mottykels (Posts: 364; Member since: 15 May 2013)


A.i here :)

posted on 10 Jul 2014, 23:38

59. a_tumiwa (Posts: 217; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


i use Perfect Keyboard Pro

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 05:12

60. giumikesch (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


I'm an both an Android smartphone and iPhone 5s user and the thing that always impressed me most about the latter is its keyboard's speed and reactivity. There's just no other device on which I can write at the same speed, especially if one handed: that's also thanks to the iPhone's small dimensions, which actually is the main advantage over Android when typing 'cause in the last few years they obviously made some giant improvements. When back in 2012 Apple largered the 3.5 to a 4 inch panel, the display got taller but not wider, and so the keyboard could remain the same. But with the launch of a 4.7 inch iPhone 6, this is gonna change and even if I fully understand the need of an overall bigger screen, my actual main worry is that it may affect the average typing speed.

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