Poll results: Which Android keyboard are you using?

Poll results: Which Android keyboard are you using?
There are a lot of great Android keyboard choices at the Play Store, in case you don't like your stock one, as 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. That is why we asked you last week which of the many stock or third-party Android keyboard choices are you using on your phone or tablet.

Out of close to 2000 respondents, more than 40% are using just one keyboard, and it is the resident Editor's Choice at the Play Store - SwiftKey. We've put SwiftKey first in our roundup of the greatest Android keyboards for a reason, and it seems that most of those who responded, agree that it can hardly get any better now that it comes for free. The second most popular answer is that almost 30% of the respondents are completely satisfied with whatever keyboard comes with their device out of the box, and who can blame them, considering that Android overlays are getting more sophisticated by the day, offering gesture-typing and text prediction with their default keyboards, while Google's own Android keyboard is greatly, too, especially the edition that comes with the newest Android L project. In fact, we suspect that the checkmark "Other," which took the third place with more than 10% of respondents, mostly went to the Android L keyboard, which had an easy way to be installed until recently, before Google took it down from the Play Store

Out of all other third party keyboards, besides SwiftKey, it was Swype and TouchPal that took a notable share, and it's easy to see why, considering how pretty and versatile those two entrants are. For now, it seems that unorthodox keyboard arrangements, like those of Fleksy or Minuum, have too steep of a learning curve for most users to bother with as a daily driver.

Which Android keyboard are you using?

I'm using whatever comes with my phone, custom ROM or launcher
29.2%
SwiftKey
42.46%
TouchPal
2.96%
ai.type Keyboard
0.92%
Multiling Keyboard
0.31%
Fleksy
2.6%
Minuum
0.71%
SlideIT
0.25%
Swype
6.32%
Smart Keyboard PRO
0.66%
GO Keyboard
0.51%
Thumb Keyboard
0.46%
Hacker's Keyboard
0.66%
Other
11.98%

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12 Comments

1. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Im currently using the un official android "L" keyboard and im liking it..its so neat and responsive.

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Same here. Very sleek and clean. I hate clutter on my keyboard....

7. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

It is really good. I am just waiting for them to fix the theme bug. Current we can only use the Material theme. I want to try the blue and white themes too.

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Using Swift and hackers

2. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

why isnt Android L's keyboard is not in this list

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It was pulled from the play store, but I still use it...

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Stock Kitkat keyboard. I really like it and I think that I'll use it still some time. Tried Swiftkey, but I didn't find it as good.

5. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Just out of curiosity, seems like a good place to ask this, I'm starting to stick with the default apps that came with my non-rooted Motorola Razr Maxx HD, including the launcher and keyboard, to keep from lagging as much. My logic is the default software is normally running in the background anyway, third-party apps are just taking up more memory making it run slower. Am I being too paranoid, or does anyone else experience more lag with third-party apps?

9. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

No. 3rd party apps that you describe should have no impact. I mostly used 3rd party apps on my old Galaxy s2 which was an older device than yours and ran fine. If you have the kit kat upgrade, I do suggest you try enabling ART as the run time if you want a performance boost.

8. avmitking

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

Samsung proprietary keyboard, with 5th row very useful. Most importantly comes with clipboard key on my SG Note II, very handy at times.

10. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

xperia keyboard, because it works extremely well for my native language. perfect for bi/multilingual guys, looks neat too.

12. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

most of the world uses the default one. get over it. not everybody is a tech junkie

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