There are many keyboards available on the Android Play Store. In some ways all of them have something that puts them up over the other. However, it really depends on how exactly you want to use the keyboard features. Different keyboards offer lots of special features that may appeal to some users and not to others. Here’s list of the best Android Keyboards based on their specialty.
Swiftkey (Best for Predicition)
SwiftKey’s prediction methods, called the “fluency engine,” is what many users and editors alike keep coming back to. There was a time when Swiftkey was riding above the Google’s pre-installed keyboard, and still many people continued to use the keyboard.
It also comes pre-loaded on millions of devices over the years, including on Samsung’s flagship phones. Apart from that the keyboard offers great themes, over 80 of them in fact, to suit your personality. While SwiftKey used to be a paid app, the keyboard itself went free in 2014, instead having its users pay for themes.
Recommended for those who are interested in decorating their keyboard and prefer using predictive technology rather than typing.
Swype (Best in Gesture Typing)
Swype is more-or-less same as that of Swiftkey and is extremely popular in the smartphone world. However, the only drawback is that Swype keyboard is a paid app. Having said that, the 99-cents costing app opens the world to an extremely predictive gesture inputs that is miles ahead of any other keyboards available on the market.
Swype offers a free trial version, but the full version is only a dollar, and themes are an additional two dollars apiece. Swype offers a free trial version, but the full version is only a dollar, and themes are an additional two dollars apiece.
Recommended for those who prefer swiping on their keyboard rather than typing.
Google Keyboard (Best Overall)
Google had first introduced its standard keyboard for iPhone only and took some time developing it properly for Android. The wait was worth it, as Google Keyboard has been rebranded and updated with great new features including integrated web search, Google Translate and GIF search.
The keyboard has support of gesture for both single words and sentences as well although it is not as accurate as Swyft keyboard. The keyboard also employs Google’s own speech-to-text engine for voice dictation and keeps on learning from all the new text inputs to give nearly accurate predictions for the next word. Basically it takes a piece from both Swiftkey and Swype keyboards and merges them to provide a smooth experience.
Kii Keyboard 2
Some of the features include a dedicated number row, arrow keys, word prediction, split keyboard layouts (for tablets), themes, and support for dozens of languages. The app is still in Beta mode.
Muiltiling O Keyboard
If you are looking for multiple language support, then this is the keyboard for you. The app supports over 200 languages at the time of this writing which is more than pretty much every other Android keyboard.
The main feature of this keyboard the mini-mode that makes the keyboard about as tall as your thumb nail. It boasts the ability to let you type sloppy and automatically know what you’re saying.
Which one of these is your favorite? Do let us know! Our blog on Android’s upcoming OS called Android-O will make you even more curious.