7 Best Keyboard apps for Android – March 2018

Best Keyboard apps for Android

Messaging is the thing that we do most on our smartphones. So, a good typing experience can improve this experience a lot. Android phones come with a virtual keyboard for character inputs. But there are few keyboard apps that offer better features for a great experience. These keyboard apps replace the keyboard of your Android. You get lots of features, options to customize the theme and more. We have tested several keyboard apps and today we are listing best Android keyboard apps.

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There are lots of Keyboard app, but these are the best keyboard apps to try. You only need to look for the compatibility. Few of these apps may not be compatible with all Android devices.

Why should you not install any random keyboard app?

There could be lots of keyboard apps in the play store with several claims. But you should avoid installing any random keyboard apps just by reading the claims. It might hurt you a lot. It is because keyboard apps are used for input and you use it to type your username and passwords on different places. A malicious keyboard app can transmit this data to third-party servers and can be risky. We have tested few apps and we are listing only those that are trustful.

You can use any of the given keyboard apps in your phone without thinking much. These apps are safe and offer good experience.

Keyboard apps for Android

Here is the list of best keyboard apps for Android.

1. Gboard

Gboard Keyboard app

Gboard is the rebranded version of Google Keyboard with lots of features. It aims to offer you smooth and faster typing experience. You can slide your finger across the space bar to move the cursor and use one hand mode. It learns from your typing to offer better word prediction. You also have the option to choose from several themes to have a personalised experience.

It has Google search and GIF search integration. Just tap on G to search and share content in conversation. You can also search for Emojis and GIFs to use in the chat. This keyboard also has Google Translate integration. Like any other Google’s app or service, it comes with minimal design. You also have option to change the color scheme but everything is minimal.

Google offers three input options for typing: standard key-tapping, swipe gestures to create words, and voice dictation. So, you also do not need any voice to text app for your Android phone.

This is my recommendation that I personally use. It is fast and offers nice features. Integrated, translation, GIF and search makes it much better than any other keyboard app listed here.


2. SwiftKey

SwiftKey Keyboard for Android

SwiftKey is one of the most popular keyboard apps and preferred choice of thousands of Android users. Its text prediction capability makes it better than other keyboard apps. It offers personalized word predictions by learning your typing habits. You can also tweak your keyboard any way you like.

It has A.I.-powered predictions to keep your typing faster and autocorrect actually works great. It alohas Bilingual autocorrect across 200+ languages. With support to over 200 languages, it is one of the best keyboard apps for Android.

You have the option to resize, split and move it around. There are lots of free themes to customize the look and feel. You also have the option to purchase paid themes. If you are the kind of person who wants to customize everything, you can go with paid themes.

This app supports more than a hundred languages including Hindi and other Indian regional languages. The free trial app is only for 30 days. So, it is good to use only if you purchase the paid version.


3. ai.type

ai.type Keyboard app

ai.type is less know but quite interesting keyboard app. It is a free app with in-app purchase options. It claims to be the smartest app. While I do not agree to this claim, but it is certainly one of the best keyboard app.

It offers personalized keyboard keyboard experience. It has unlimited prediction-correction in 50+ languages. If you like customisation, there are thousands of themes to try. You can also design your own theme and share with other people. It offers type and Swipe for faster typing.

It coms with voice narration similar to GBoard app. There is also an on-keyboard search option. It has Next word prediction, completion & auto-correction like standard options.

The most important thing is that it takes care of your privacy and security. It claims to keep your typing data safe and we have not found anything suspicious till date.


4. Flesky

Fleksy Keyboard app

Fleksy got popularity in a very short time and the primary reason was its awesome typing experience. This keyboard app is good in looks and you have the option to use tons of themes. It also packs several extensions for adding more features.

There are numbers of cool gestures, GIF support, and support for a number of languages. It also supports popular keyboard layouts including QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ, Dvorak, and Colemak. Unlike other keyboards in this list, this one lacks flow/swipe/gesture typing support.

This app is available for free with in-app purchase. It supports all Android devices running Android 4.1 or higher.


5. TouchPal

TouchPal Keyboard app

TouchPal is also a good keyboard app with lots of features. It comes with powerful error correction and contextual predictions. It also lets you customize the look and feel by changing the touch sound, vibration, height, width, and fonts.

You also have the option to select different widgets. it supports gesture or swipe typing. There is also an option to sync your personal dictionary to the cloud. So, you have the same kind of typing experience even after switching the device.

It supports more of the national languages and allows you to provide mixed language input. The app is available for free but you can also get the premium version with an in-app subscription.


6. Minuum

Minuum keyboard app

Minuum is the keyboard app to offer minimal experience. it is a kind of miniature keyboard for Android with a different kind of experience. It takes the QWERTY keyboard layout and breaks it to a single row. So, you can use a maximum of your device’s screen. It supports QWERTY, AERTY or “A-Z” layout.

This app also offers cursor control, clipboard control, emoji support and more. You can also monitor your typing speed. It also supports multiple languages and allows you to switch quickly. It has smart auto-correction that learns from you. You also have voice typing experience. It also allows you to find emoji and use in the conversation.

The app offers a free trial for 30 days. After the trial expires, you will have to buy the full version. It is compatible with Android devices running on Android 4.0 and up.

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7. Slash Keyboard

Slash Keyboard

Slash Keyboard is about connecting other apps and services within the keyboard. It offers special commands for app-related shortcuts. Just type the ‘/‘ key followed by the app-related shortcut to share, search and bring data from other apps and services. With this, you can search on Google, send a GIF through Giphy, Share a song from Spotify and more. It supports lots of apps.

You can always create your own shortcuts to use un the conversation. For example ‘/email’ to bring your email address while typing. This is the most notable feature of this keyboard app that makes it different from other keyboard apps listed here.


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Final Words

There are few other apps including Chrooma, Emoji Keyboard Pro by Kika, Ai.type, Ginger Emoji and Go keyboard. But I did not want to make this long enough to start confusion. So, try these keyboard apps on your Android phone and see what suits you. We had listed Swype keyboard app in previous version of the article, but removed that because the company behind it has stopped working on it. This is the updated list with all good keyboard apps with interesting features.

If you are using any other keyboard app that should be in this list and I forgot to mention, comment below with the name. I will check that app and add in this list. If you have anything else to say, use the comment box below.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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