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The best alternative keyboards for Android

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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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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:47 9

1. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Swiftkey is still the best for me.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 08:55 5

2. hassoups (Posts: 473; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

true, but i think their themes could really use a makeover

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:18 2

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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 15:15 2

18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 17:04

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.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 15:12

36. RyanAtSwiftKey (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 25 Aug 2014, 13:59

41. lllach (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Aug 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).

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:03 2

3. Technobri (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

Fleksy is really gaining ground on swiftkey

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:26 1

5. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 13:50

17. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:26 4

6. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:40 3

9. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:08 2

11. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:28

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:09

23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 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. :)

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:40 3

8. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 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...

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 09:49

10. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 11:13 1

13. steelew (Posts: 209; Member since: 04 Jun 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 11:48

14. Boybawang (Posts: 147; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

I tried them all and the best virtual keyboard in the world is "MESSAGEASE". I swear nothing comes close to it.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:02

22. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 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.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:10

15. Qawi94 (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

sony's keyboard is the best :D

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 16:24 2

19. E.S.1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

After LG and Samsung

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 12:47

16. tweetgadget (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 15 Feb 2014, 17:27

21. lovemasterbaba (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Nov 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.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 15:14 1

37. RyanAtSwiftKey (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:20 3

24. TheOldOne (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:25

25. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:41

26. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 311; Member since: 13 May 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.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:42 1

27. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 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.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 09:31

28. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Swype for me.

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