Top 9 Android Keyboard Apps To Keep Your Fingers Flying

One of the perks of using Android as your mobile operating system is the fact that you can install various apps that replace the default system apps. This way, you can customize your experience with such detail that your personal preferences are reflected on your device.

In this article, we are going to talk about the top 10 keyboard Apps for Android. These apps can replace the default keyboard app on your Android device. Each one of these apps come with various features and designs. We’ll walk you through the 10 apps and outline the reasons you’d want to use one app or the other.

1. SwiftKey – Paid ($4.52)

SwiftKey Screenshot

Best Keyboard App For Android

Swiftkey is probably the most popular paid Keyboard app available in the app store. It’s hard to imagine a keyboard app that works better at predicting your language than Swiftkey. After swyping our way through some standard text, we tried introducing the text a second time, and were able to implement the original text by touching the predictions.

Along with three different layouts: standard, thumb, and compact (useful on large-screen smartphones), Swiftkey comes with 11 skins that can be used to spice up the visual side of text input. Additionally, letting SwiftKey learn from your messages and emails is a good way to ensure that the app recognizes your language preferences.

Here’s a list of the features that SiwftKey has to offer:


  • Auto-correct
  • Gesture typing
  • Predictive typing
  • 56 input/dictionary languages
  • 3 layouts / 11 skins
  • Smiley-faces (not Emoji)
  • Voice Input
  • Can learn from SMS/Emails

Notable Feature: Write in three languages simultaneously

Downloads: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Android Version: 2.2 and up

Size: Varies with device

Price: $4.52

Download on Google Play


2. Google Keyboard – Free

Google Keyboard Screenshot

Standard but useful

The Google Keyboard is the default keyboard app for all Android devices that run stock Android (Nexus devices, etc), as well as on the vast majority of devices that are Google certified. If your device’s manufacturer has replaced the Google Keyboard with a proprietary app, then you might want to consider installing the app from the Play Store.

Although in the past the Google Keyboard has lagged behind some third party apps, over time Google has updated its Keyboard app for Android to bring all the features that users desired such as: a better autocomplete engine, gesture typing and even next word predictions. On the downside, the Google Keyboard does not integrate social media accounts, cannot learn from the way you use language, nor does it offer any other keyboard skin other than the default.

These are the features available to you with Google Keyboard:

  • Gesture typing
  • Predictive typing
  • 59 input languages
  • 26 dictionary languages
  • Emoji
  • Voice Input

Notable Feature: Fine-tuned auto-correct

Downloads: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Android Version: 4.0 and up

Size: Varies with device

Price: Free

Download on Google Play


3. Swype Keyboard – Paid ($3.99)

Swype Screenshots

71 languages, 20 dialects

Swype is the keyboard app for Android that first introduced gesture-based typing, now commonly referred to as swyping, after the app’s name. Often considered as the only real competitor for SwiftKey, Swype is filled with features. Alongside an intelligent predictive engine (with a scrollable list of suggestions), Swype can also memorize new words so that they are recognized when dictating text.

One of the most interesting features of Swype is represented by its gesture-based shortcuts (dragging a line from the Swype key to the letter ‘a’ selects all of your text, dragging a line from the Swype key to the letter ‘c’ will copy that text, and so on). Additionally, Swype supports 71 languages and 20 dialects, and it also allows for the customization of the keyboard’s height.

As far as keyboard layouts are concerned, Swype comes with three options available in landscape mode: full-screen, mini right, and mini left. For those of you looking to spice up your Android device on a visual level, there are 15 different themes to choose from.

Features offered by Swype:

  • Auto-correct
  • Gesture typing
  • Predictive typing
  • 71 input languages
  • 71 dictionary languages
  • Voice Input
  • Can learn from SMS/Emails

Notable Feature: 71 languages and 20 dialects

Downloads: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Android Version: 2.2 and up

Size: Varies with device

Price: $3.99

Download on Google Play


 4. Fleksy – Free

Fleksy Screenshots

A new-comer that competes well

Fleksy (often misspelled as Flesky) is a new Android keyboard app, but this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack quite a punch. This app’s developers have tried to come up with the best auto-correct engine ever, and for the most part, they have been spot on. The whole idea behind the Fleksy keyboard was to come up with a very “forgiving” keyboard app.

Fleksy is so good at correcting your text that you don’t even have to look at the keyboard to type and the app will detect what you were trying to write in 90% of the cases. In fact, the keyboard can be set to invisible mode (by performing a double-finger swype downwards), where you don’t see the keys anymore. Just type away and Fleksy autocorrects the text. Combined with a few gestures that help you delete words, change the suggestions, etc, it makes up for a unique and straightforward typing experience. If you are skeptical that typing on an invisible keyboard is possible without a glitch, go ahead and give this app a try, you won’t regret it!

At the moment the app supports only two languages (English and Spanish). The developers have promised to update the app to support 26 languages in the future.

  • Auto-correct
  • 2 input languages
  • 2 dictionary languages

Notable Feature: Invisible keyboard

Downloads: 100,000 – 500,000

Android Version: 4.0 and up

Size: 18M

Price: Free

Download on Google Play


 5. Go Keyboard – Free

GoKeyboard Screenshots

Highly customizable

Go Keyboard is a keyboard app for Android developed by the same team that’s behind the popular Go Launcher. If you are looking for a highly customizable keyboard app for your Android device, Go Keyboard should be an option to consider since it allows you to select from over 100 themes and layouts, and it also lets you customize the keyboard’s height, background and image.

One interesting thing about Go Keyboard is that it comes with a T9 predictive dictionary (like the ones available on early Nokia cellphones). If your screen size is not well suited for a full QWERTY keyboard, you can switch to the T9 style and clear up the space on your display.

  • Auto-correct
  • Gesture typing
  • Predictive typing
  • 40 supported languages
  • Voice Input

Notable Feature: T9-style keyboard

Downloads: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000

Android Version: 2.0 and up

Size: 6.2M

Price: Free

Download on Google Play


6. Hacker’s Keyboard – Free

Hackers Keyboard Android

PC-style keyboard

If you cannot get used to any other keyboard layout other than that of your PC, the Hacker’s Keyboard app is an Android keyboard you’re likely to enjoy. The main attraction of this app is that it shows everything in one screen without the need to switch between letters, numbers and punctuation. Special keys such as ALT or CTRL are only recognized by some applications.

Currently, Hacker’s Keyboard supports 29 input languages and 14 language dictionaries, but you’ll have to download each dictionary separately. Auto-completion works OK, although advanced features such as next-word predictions or gesture typing are absent.

These are the main features of Hacker’s Keyboard app for Android:

  • Auto-correct
  • 29 input languages
  • 14 language dictionaries
  • Voice Input

Notable Feature: PC-style keyboard

Downloads: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Android Version: 2.2 and up

Size: 1.7M

Price: Free

Download on Google Play


7. TouchPal X Keyboard – Free

TouchPal X Screenshots

A diamond in the rough

We admit, prior to completing research for this article, we had never heard of TouchPal X. But now we are a bit surprised that this app is not nearly as popular as Swipe or SwiftKey.

Apart from gesture typing, auto-correction and contextual prediction, TouchPal X also comes with an interesting and unique way of entering text, called “Wave”. When writing with Wave turned on, words will occasionally appear under some letters, based on the letters you’ve entered so far. If the word under a letter is the one you need (and it often is), all you have to do is drag the letter to the spacebar and the word will be automatically completed (Wave is supported in 14 languages at this moment). It’s hard to explain the process in words, but the screenshot above might give you a good idea. If not, you can go ahead and download the app: it is completely free.

The app also allows you to resize the keyboard in any way you desire, show more than 3 candidate words, or even download additional themes and languages.

These are the notable features of TouchPal X:

  • Auto-correct
  • Gesture typing
  • Predictive typing
  • 68 supported languages
  • Voice Input

Notable Feature: Wave typing

Downloads: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000

Android Version: Varies with device

Size: Varies with device

Price: Free

Download on Google Play


8. AdapTXT – Free

AtapTXT Keyboard Android

The social keyboard app

AdapTXT combines all the useful features of other apps, but also brings 39 different industry-specific sub-dictionaries (unfortunately, you’ll have to pay for most of them). Another interesting feature of AdapTXT is that the app allows you to quick-post to Facebook and Twitter, an option that not a lot of keyboard apps present. Although AdapTXT is a free app, you’ll have to pay for new themes.

These are the notable features offered by AdapTXT:

  • Auto-correct
  • Gesture typing
  • Predictive typing
  • 81 supported languages
  • 39 sub-dictionaries
  • Voice Input

Notable Feature: Quick-share to Facebook / Twitter

Downloads: 500,000 – 1,000,000

Android Version: 2.1 and up

Size: 7.4M

Price: Free

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 9. Thumb Keyboard – Paid ($1.16)

ThumbKeyboard Screenshot

Perfect for tablets

The main attraction of the Thumb Keyboard is a unique keyboard layout that’s best suited for thumb-typing on tablets. The layout varies depending on the size of the device. Gesture typing, auto-correct, user-definable text substitutions, and the memorization of often used phrases will work together towards ensuring that you can type both comfortably and fast on your tablet.

These are the main features of Thumb Keyboard:

  • Auto-correct
  • Gesture typing
  • Predictive typing
  • 13 supported languages
  • Voice Input

Notable Feature: Thumb keyboard for two-handed operation

Downloads: 100,000 – 500,000

Android Version: 2.1 and up

Size: 8.3M

Price: $1.16

Download on Google Play


Conclusion

Given the vast diversity that we have encountered in Google’s Play store when searching for the best Keyboard app for Android, it can be said that personal preference plays a big role when deciding on which keyboard app is the best. However, here are some suggestions based on our experience:

A. If you’re willing to pay for a keyboard App, then Swype and SwiftKey might be your best options. Go ahead and download the 30-day trials for both apps, play with them for a bit, then choose the one that fits you best.

B. If paying for an app is out of the question, then Fleksy’s invisible keyboard can work wonders on small screens thanks to its invisible keyboard option. TouchPal X is completely free and comes with an interesting Wave text input option, while AdapTXT supports a whopping 81 languages (and also comes with industry-specific dictionaries that you can download for under a dollar).

 

Comments (4)

  1. Steven Kalinski on

    Thank you for all your help still learning the phone but utterly amazed at it. I’ve either found and forgotten or not found it yet more stuff then found and still using. Keep up the good work!
    Thanks

  2. Carol on

    Thanks so much Daniel for both the information and comments.

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