The best alternative keyboards for Android

The best alternative keyboards for Android
Andy, you little robot that allows 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 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 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 sometimes even 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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43 Comments

1. SleepingOz unregistered

Swiftkey is still the best for me.

2. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If Swiftkey made a theme that looked like the Google Keyboard, that would be great.

20. GeekMovement unregistered

+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: Jul 17, 2014

We have since added 30 new themes! Check them out if you have not.

41. lllach

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 25, 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: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Fleksy is really gaining ground on swiftkey

5. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I prefer the Google one myself. Simple and works well enough for me.

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, me too. Looks good, works fantastic, and very intuitive. (I also like Swiftkey, too)

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Swype best for me. The Pioneers of swipe gesture typing. Btw google keyboard is not that good as it seems

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Google Keyboard for phones, Tablet Keyboard (forgot the name of the app) for...tablets

13. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 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: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

15. Qawi94

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

sony's keyboard is the best :D

19. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

After LG and Samsung

16. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

on smartphone ..fleksy Is the best .. thumb keyboard is the best for tablet

21. lovemasterbaba

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 20, 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: Jul 17, 2014

SwiftKey is now free if you have not heard. =D

24. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

best one is Samsung Note 3 keyboard: has the swipe, has the handwriting recognition.

25. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Holy shiet that's an annoying voice in video #2

26. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 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: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

28. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Swype for me.

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