Which Android keyboard are you using?
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You can grant the keyboard access to your texts, Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as RSS feeds, for instance, and SwiftKey will learn from the way you type there.
Not long after starting to use it, you will notice that not only can it predict your whole sentence without having to type more than a few letters, but it has also adapted to your writing style and most used words as well. How good is it? Well, it's been a constant in the top three paid apps in the Play Store for a while now, and always an Editor's Choice. It recently went completely free, so it's march towards the top gratis app there is a given as well.
The learning curve is steeper than with the more orthodox keyboards so far, but it only takes a little while to get used to, and then saves you a bunch of screen space for multitasking, plus the more you type, the better Minuum gets. Unfortunately, it is paid after the 30-day free trial, as most good things are, and doesn't sport a whole lot of language support for now, but the most popular ones are covered.
You don't even need to be precise, it'll still get it, and that's the best part of this input method, making entering text input faster than anything, even a physical keyboard. You can now even enter words from two languages at once, and you can adjust the long-press delay, vibration duration, keyboard height and mini left/right keyboards in landscape mode. The thing is that, while Swype was a pioneer, many 3rd party keyboards, and even Google's stock Android one, offer this feature, while Swype keeps charging for its app in the era of the free keyboards.
11. GO Keyboard
It also has a dizzying array of options how GO Keyboard can look and behave, which are somewhat perplexing, though, and the keyboard is not that stable on many devices, plus it skimps on the Google Voice input for now.
Automatic punctuation and correction fix those somewhat, but it's an entirely different story when the fat split layout of Thumb Keyboard is under your fingers. Helpful in portrait, but perfect for landscape mode, this keyboard can be used on phones and tablets alike with great precision, and has a regular mode too. The drawbacks are the lack of a trial version, and limited updates as well as language support, compared to other offers.
- Which Android keyboard are you using?
573 votes (573 votes) I'm using whatever comes with my phone, custom ROM or launcher
833 votes (833 votes) SwiftKey
58 votes (58 votes) TouchPal
18 votes (18 votes) ai.type Keyboard
6 votes (6 votes) Multiling Keyboard
51 votes (51 votes) Fleksy
14 votes (14 votes) Minuum
5 votes (5 votes) SlideIT
124 votes (124 votes) Swype
13 votes (13 votes) Smart Keyboard PRO
10 votes (10 votes) GO Keyboard
9 votes (9 votes) Thumb Keyboard
13 votes (13 votes) Hacker's Keyboard
235 votes (235 votes) Other
1. Duketytz (Posts: 412; 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.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7743; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Try the Android L keyboard or Swiftkey. I can send you the APK for AL.
15. Duketytz (Posts: 412; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
Hahaha I have android L on my phone but for some reason couldn't really get used to it.
21. josephnero (Posts: 289; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Using ported Xperia keyboard on Sammy S4.Stock sammy KB is goods too
35. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; 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)
49. RandomUsername (Posts: 434; 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?
27. buccob (Posts: 1372; 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...
53. buccob (Posts: 1372; 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.
58. steedsofwar (Posts: 258; 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.
5. Phoenity (Posts: 12; 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.
6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3080; 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 :)
30. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Romero the hero. Gonna be an exciting final!
34. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3080; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Sure. I'm rooting for Argentina, bored of Germany. BTW Cortana now at 14-0 record. RIP Paul Octopus.
37. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3080; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah she's amazing at predictions.
39. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; 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.
38. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Even I'm rooting for Argentina. See, we can agree on something!
45. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 357; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Oh I wanna get in the group too :/
But go Germany! :D
8. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
In my experience, the Go keyboard has the best visuals/features, but SwiftKey is the best one to use
10. tokuzumi (Posts: 264; 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.
12. fatTony (Posts: 19; 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.
13. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 333; 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)
18. shahulvm (Posts: 111; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Am using Kii keyboard and it is pretty good.
26. AJagtiani (Posts: 433; 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?
20. michaelmicro (unregistered)
I use the Google keyboard from the Play Store.
24. amansingal14 (Posts: 285; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
Well too much of Android L keyboard users here (incl me)
25. bestmvno (Posts: 125; 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.
31. Awalker (Posts: 233; 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.
28. therocker (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)
the keyboard which comes with my lg g2 :)
33. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 53; Member since: 13 May 2014)
Android L for me. Too bad google took it off playstore.
40. kanagadeepan (Posts: 643; 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)
AI Type KB plus (Big number key row)
41. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
There's other keyboards besides Swiftkey?
42. Totse2k15 (Posts: 241; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)
I'm using the Android L Material APK keyboard - on XDA. Moto G.
44. EnigmaticPsychotic (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)
L keyboard that comes with the preview.
46. Settings (Posts: 269; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Sony keyboard for me. Lightweight and simple. Straightforward. Swiftkey is #2.
47. cjo1992 (Posts: 22; Member since: 04 May 2012)
Flesky. I can type a lot faster when using it than any other keyboard.
51. Captain_Doug (Posts: 749; 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.
54. jellmoo (Posts: 652; 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.
55. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 95; 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.
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.