The beauty about Android is that we can customize the hell out of it. That is all nice and dandy, but I always emphasize the importance of finding the right keyboard. A smartphone’s main purpose is communication, after all. You need a good keyboard to communicate efficiently.
There’s a very wide selection of keyboard apps out there, especially for Android. The sad truth is that most of these are no good, so we have decided to make things easier for you and put together a definitive list of the very best options around. Let’s dive right in!
Go ahead… search online for a list of the best Android keyboards around. I can promise you there will be no list that excludes Swiftkey. If there is one, I can tell you right now the publisher had no idea what was going on.
Swiftkey has become one of the most popular third-party keyboards in the Google Play Store, and for very valid reasons. This keyboard is intuitive, customizable and offers some of the best prediction technology we have seen around. This thing is seriously like magic.
What makes Swiftkey predictions so special is that the keyboard learns from your typing habits. Furthermore, you can connect your account to Google, Twitter and other services, so it can get a head start on learning your specific way of writing.
Best part? This keyboard is now free! There’s no reason not to check it out, guys. This one is a must, and you should at least test it.
Google usually does some amazing stuff when developing apps for their very own platform (Android). Google Keyboard was created by the Search Giant as the official method of input, and they did a great job with it.
For starters, Google Keyboard looks awesome. It adopts Google’s sleek Material Design, which makes it simple and clean. It is also very functional, also taking advantage of personalized suggestions/corrections. Also on board are great animation, voice typing support and even gesture typing. And yes, it’s also free.
Fleksy is a whole other level of awesome. It may not be the best keyboard around, but it definitely is one of the best looking ones, but it’s also much more customizable than any other Android keyboard I have used.
This thing supports extensions, guys. You can set it up to support GIFs, launchers, add a number row, use shortcuts and much more. Here’s where the trick is, though. This one is not free. You can get a free trial for 30 days, but the keyboard will cost you $1.99 after that.
I have no shame in saying I am lazy. This is why I am so in love with keyboards that have amazing prediction and suggestions. My phone is not a computer, and I shouldn’t have to worry about hitting the right key every single time I type a word. Minuum takes this idea to a whole other level.
Don’t you hate that keyboards take up nearly half of your screen real estate? Minuum can take advantage of predictive typing in order to make the keyboard smaller… much, much smaller. In fact, it turns your keyboard into a thin row of letters.
Because of its unique design, this keyboard can even be used in tiny devices like smart watches, which definitely can’t take advantage of full-sized keyboards. Now, Minuum does come as a free version, but the price for the full version is not cheap at $3.20.
Swype was once a commodity that only a select list of devices offered. This keyboard became a luxury to have, as it wasn’t available from the Google Play Store (back then named the Android Market). Some people bought specific phones just to have this keyboard!
Fast forward to today and now everyone can have it. This famous keyboard app is known for its awesome predictions and typing by “swyping”, which is basically dragging your finger above the letters.
You can get a 30-day free trial, after which the price goes up to just $0.99. I feel like other keyboards have efficiently replaced it, but soempeople still love Swype. Might as well try it!