The best alternative keyboards for Android

The best alternative keyboards for Android
Andy, you little robot that allow us to customize our phones at levels never experienced before! Your open and easygoing approach to modding the heck out of the interface is a godsend for indulging each and every whim we might have about the way our daily staple apps should look and behave.

The ability to swap the stock on-screen keyboard with an alternative one is a big part of that open experience, and developers have come 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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17 Comments

1. Aeires unregistered

SwitfKey all the way. I used to rely on Better Keyboard until I ran across SwiftKey.

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Swiftkey 3 an jellybean keyboard for me. if jellybean keyboard prediction + swype= awesome

15. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Swiftkey for me as well. Best prediction out there. Most of the time I only need to type the first word and it predicts the rest of my sentence. GENIUS!!!

2. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

You forgot Perfect Keyboard.

3. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

Hacker's Keyboard!

4. SleepingOz unregistered

I'm using Smart Keyboard Pro. And Go Keyboard sucks btw!

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I use stock ICS keyboard. still the best for me. I'm waiting on JB.

7. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Smart Keyboard Pro :)

8. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Hacker's Keyboard! Seriously... THE BEST I HAVE EVER USED! Then again, I type too fast for autocomplete/prediction anyway, so it works PERFECT for me! Oh, and unparlelled functionalty...

9. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

ive tried numberous keyboards, i think a number of the above, and A.I. is the best to my experience...its accurate, super responsive, and "key-pressing-animation" is great making the keys sort of bounce when you press 'em... the others, while also use a similar animation, lag...

10. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

swype for the win!

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Swype converted my kids mother from being a physical keyboard fanatic. Its my fav one too. HTC tried something similar on the Rezound....it doesnt even come close.

11. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

jelly bean

12. yenic

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I own Swifkey3, I never really liked it. Though it is better than the stock keyboard. I used Swype for a long time but found inconsistencies between how it worked for text messages vs browsers. I use FlexT9 as my primary keyboard (in swipe mode), it does swiping better than Swype and I haven't found any 'beta' issues that can pop up in Swype. Everyone is going to have their opinion but I've bought 2 keyboards and of course Swype is free, and I'd buy FlexT9 again. I swipe out messages fastest and most accurate using FlexT9. Check it out, it really should've been on this list.

17. tomchamberlin

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

No joke. I've tried most of the phone-appropriate keyboards on this list and found something missing... something I'd change about all of them. Not so with FlexT9. This keyboard, leveraging speech recognition by Nuance, takes THE BEST DICTATION of ever. It will transcribe with startling accuracy absurdly long tracts of your speech. Forget the stock Android speech-to-text... and even if you've used Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking desktop software, you have never seen anything like what FlexT9 is capable of. Unless I'm in a crowd where talking to my phone would make me look crazy, I don't touch anything other than the transcribe button with the Nuance logo. But when I do need an on-screen keyboard I'm never let down by FlexT9's swipeability, and it's darn good at predicting the next word in any situation. My rating: Pure dope (which is maybe seven stars out of, like, four or five possible stars.)

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Jelly bean keyboard for the win

14. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

I'm still using swype as swiftkey still doesn't support my country's language.

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