Five Best Android Keyboards

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Five Best Android Keyboards


The beauty of Android is that it’s so customisable, and Android keyboards are no exception. There are keyboards available for every kind of typist, whether you prefer to hunt-and-peck, turn your phone sideways and use both thumbs, or swipe across the screen with one finger. This week we’re highlighting five of the best Android keyboards, based on your nominations.

We’ve already shown you our favourite Android keyboards, and now it’s time to check out yours. Here they are:

Hacker’s Keyboard


We’ve mentioned it before

Swype


most recent Swype updates

Smart Keyboard Pro


SwiftKey


meant
regularly updated with great features

Android Stock Keyboard


Android Jelly Bean

The honourable mention this week goes out to Go Keyboard, which many of you pointed out works very nicely with Go Launcher EX, one of our picks for the best Android launcher.

Have something to say about one of the contenders? Want to make the case for your favourite keyboard, even if it wasn’t included in the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Comments

    • ive been using swype since i first heard about it and was very excited to hear it finally added the swiftkey style learning dictionary but unfortunateley its very buggy beyond use atm, it is still in beta but it shouldnt be, imma give touchpal a go

      • Swype is always in beta – it is never ‘release’ quality because ‘release’ is what they sell to the OEMs.

        I have found no issues and no bugs with the new Swype ‘beta’

    • +1 to Touchpal. I especially like the mode that combines two letters onto the same “key” as I’d rather more button presses with 100% accuracy – instead of multiple misses that become more frustrating at each failed attempt.
      Mind you, it may be time to re-engineer smart phone keyboards for single thumb input and predictive text. The QWERTY keyboard, while familiar, was always designed for two-handed touch typing.
      I had a chance to use the Google developed Japanese Android keyboard – and I found that it had an interesting approach to the “Roman” alphabet. It had fewer, but easier to press, keys – and some keys had to be tapped multiple times to get less commonly used letters. It had a bit of a learning curve, though (but so does QWERTY) – and it probably could be refined further with data collected over time about which letters are used more for SMS and emails from smart phones.

  • The keyboard on my old Desire (original) was a lot better than my iPhone 4S. Simple things made typing easier (like being able to scroll through and edit text). Looking forward to the W8 phones to come out and see what they have to offer.

  • Swype = best. Even on tablet it is just pure awesome with the latest update (can use fullscreen or pop-out small keyboard). Was one of the first things I installed on my HTC One XL.

  • A couple of less well known ones… Perfect Keyboard if you want something simple that does the job well. Magic Keyboard if you want a predictor. It’s a beta at the moment but it’s already my favourite so I’m expecting great things from it.

  • TouchPal Keyboard is by far the best keyboard for Android. It does basically everything the above mentioned keyboards do, including provides swipe, predictive words, arrow keys, multiple key layouts, and themes.

    Check it out, and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Tried Go Keyboard few weeks ago and notice the keyboard uses a lot of CPU time… wasted my battery. Sony Xperia S, Gingerbread. Haven’t tried again after ICS upgrade.

  • I find the predictive text on swype to be utterly ridiculous. It goes so far off the mark and usually only gets close to the right word on the second last letter. Is there a way to set this up so it works better?

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