Keyboards are one of the foremost apps that we install when we buy a new device. Yes, different people have different tastes and different choices, not everyone prefers that number row on top of their keyboard. Some people like to keep their keyboard theme dark, some light, whereas others like to use an emoji keyboard. If you have been using the stock keyboard for a while now then you’ll be surprised to see what the new keyboards out there can you do. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure we include that emoji keyboard to ease out your emoji search as well. Let us take a look at some of the best keyboard apps out there!
Probably the best keyboard out there on the Play Store, SwiftKey has been around for a long time now. This keyboard has the best prediction out there and uses Artificial Intelligence to better predict your writing style and emojis. SwiftKey also has the swipe-to-type feature, a ton of themes(all themes are now available for free), and support for around 150+ languages. Apart from that, SwiftKey provides the user with 3 different layouts to choose from, one is the Full layout, and the other two are Thumb and Compact layouts. The Float option is like an icing on the cake which allows you to move your keyboard anywhere on the screen and type from the preferred position. The last but not the least, SwiftKey has entirely rebuilt its entire language database using Neural Network Technology. For those of you who don’t know what that is, I suggest you head over to SwiftKeys’ page to understand it better.
Fleksy is right next to SwiftKey when it comes to the top keyboards list. It does have a lot of themes, which were paid initially, then they were available for free, and now again you need to purchase those themes to use them. It does not come with the swipe-to-type feature like SwiftKey does but it has its own gestures. Trust me, once you get used to these gestures you’ll never feel like switching to another keyboard. Type a word and swipe up to add it to your dictionary, swipe down to change it to the predicted word or just swipe left to erase the word completely. Want to switch to a minimal design? Swipe down with two fingers to get rid of your keyboard! Also, I couldn’t find the option to enable the accented characters in the keyboard which is available in SwiftKey. You might have a hard time typing cliché without the accented characters. Fleksy comes nowhere near SwiftKey when it comes to the prediction game, SwiftKey is in a league of its own. Fleksy does allow you to make your own keyboard theme!
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Gboard is basically a keyboard with Google integrated into it. You can search anything you want, be it a place or the weather and then share it with the person you’re chatting with. Gboard allows you to search Gifs, stickers, and even emojis by just typing it. You can either type it or say it yourself by tapping the microphone placed opposite to the Google search button. Gboard does show the accented characters and also allows you to make your own theme. It does have a few good custom themes prebuilt in the app and then some that you can download later. Number row, yes, adjustable keyboard height, yes, and it has glide typing as well which is similar to SwiftKeys slide-to-type. It ticks all the right boxes for a keyboard and some added bonuses as well. Yes, it does qualify as a good emoji keyboard out there.
This keyboard is pretty simple and has the basic functionalities that are required in a keyboard. It is mainly focused on correcting your typing mistakes and helping you construct better sentences. Not only that, it will make sure that you don’t leave an extra space after the last word and your punctuation mark. With no swipe-to-type feature and no word predictions, it performs well but not that great. If you have used the desktop version of this app which is excellent, you won’t like this one as much as the desktop version. It’s a bit slow to recognise the mistakes in your sentences and does not recognise all of the mistakes altogether. Yes, you can add words to the app’s dictionary so it doesn’t keep on distracting you while you type. Once you log in, all your words from the desktop version will be synced and ready to use.
This app is great if you are not that good at English or need to write some serious office mails! The app is new so expect it to get better with coming updates.
A bit different from the other keyboards, more flashy is what I’d call this. It has lots and lots of themes and you can customize your own theme as well. However, being flashy does not mean that this keyboard lacks in the typing department. It has gesture typing (swipe-to-type), predictions, fancy animations when you type, and what not. This keyboard comes integrated with the search feature similar to that found in the Gboard which means you can search up the weather or the news and share them instantly. It also comes with the popular giphy which means you can share your favourite gifs anytime you want. It qualifies as a good enough emoji keyboard as it accurately analysed the words and suggested the emojis.
To conclude, I’d like to say that Cheetah has the best of everything, but you might favour SwiftKey or Fleksy if you want a less crowded layout.
Go keyboard is another one of those fancy keyboards that you might like. It has around 1000+ themes available and looks decent enough. The settings are well organised with the option to choose between different fonts. It does have the slide-to0type feature and also allows you to change between different layouts like QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY or T9. Emoji prediction worked well along with next word prediction. Different accented characters are also available along with gifs, stickers and ASCII faces. It has a different keyboard to edit text and a clipboard to access your recently copied data.
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Swiftmoji is a complete SwiftKey package with an additional bonus of emoji search. This makes it a great emoji keyboard if you like to enter in your emojis quickly.
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If you want a keyboard that focuses on finding easy emojis by analysing what you type, the Cheetah keyboard, Go keyboard and Swiftmoji are some of the best ones.
Hope this article helped you find your perfect keyboard. If you think there are others keyboards that should be featured in this article then do let me know down in the comments. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and family!