Unlike other mobile operating systems, all the Android devices won’t support the latest version of Android. Google released its latest version Android Kitkat (4.4) a month before, but still many devices running Ginger Bread (2.3) and Ice cream sandwich (4.0). Android keyboard is updated constantly with every OS update. Since many devices won’t support the latest update, they won’t get the latest keyboard. That’s why we have plenty of free and premium third party keyboard apps available in the play store. Some of the apps have more features than the latest Android keyboards. So, I’ve handpicked few best keyboards for your Android devices and they are listed below.
Swiftkey is a premium keyboard application for Android. It comes with a 1 month trial period for all the users. It supports more than 60 languages and you can enable three languages at once. Swiftkey quickly predicts the next word you’re going to type and understands your way of typing faster than the default keyboards. Swiftkey will sync your language selections and personalized dictionary across all your Android devices using its own cloud service. You can personalize the keyboards using three different layouts in the application.
Swype is yet another premium keyboard app for Android. It also comes with one month trial period. It is the first application to introduce the typing by swiping gesuture through the keyboard. Many keyboard apps were introduced based on swiping gestures, but no one matches the fast and accuracy of this app. You can type really fast using this keyboard and it holds the record for it. It also syncs your dictionary words and language selection using your Google account. Also you can customize the keyboard using different preset layouts and download up to 71 languages for the application.
TouchPal X is a free keyboard app for Android. All the premium features like personalized settings can be added to the cloud, multi language support, next word prediction, etc., are available in the app for free. It supports more than 70 languages and has an inbuilt Twitter plugin in it. It has a typing tracker, which analyzes your typing speed and give you the statistics to improve it. You can customize the keyboard using custom themes and layouts available in the app. It works great in Android devices with larger screens.
Go Keyboard is one of the popular keyboard apps for Android. The app is famous for its themes and customizing features. More than 100 themes and layouts were available for this keyboard. You can separately download the plugins and install on your device. It supports more than 40 languages and you can easily toggle between multiple languages in just a snap. It supports both normal typing and Swype style gesture based typing on the keyboard. It has both free and premium versions. Some of the features are locked in the free version.
Kii is an all-in-one keyboard app for Android devices. It combines all the Swiftkey, Swype, Go and much more keyboard features in a single application. It has both free and premium versions, just like Go Keyboard some of the features are available only for premium users. It predicts the next word like Swiftkey and gives Swype like gesture based typing. For devices having larger screens, you can split the keyboard for quick typing with both the hands. It has eight HD themes for customization and supports 34 languages.
These five keyboard apps will be a good alternative to the default keyboard on your Android devices. Especially the gesture based typing, lets you type faster than the normal typing method. Try your favorite app from the list and share your experience in the comments. Thanks for reading, do share this post with your friends.