The advent of the smartphone and the emergence and increasing popularity of tablets has changed the way people communicate. Voice-calling has almost taken a backseat, with a lot of users primarily using their handhelds for internet browsing, email, and some, even for writing complete documents, spreadsheets, etc.
Capacitive touchscreen technology and the increasing size of smartphone screens has made it easier for users to type long messages, emails, and notes on a full QWERTY virtual keyboard. Remember the time when typing a “C” required you to tap the 2 key on the phone number pad three times, in quick succession?
Unfortunately, for many consumers, touchscreen keyboards aren’t that easy to use, and most users are quite unhappy with the stock keyboards available on their devices. This has led to the emergence of many third-party virtual keyboard applications. Apart from just providing a full keyboard, these apps are also smarter, featuring word-completion recommendations using built-in dictionaries, swipe and slide features for easy typing, and, in the case of tablets, thumb keyboards for typing on the much larger screens.
Today, we’ll talk about some of the best keyboards available for Android smartphones and tablets. Here are are few things that you will need to know about the video:
Let’s take a look.
SwiftKey X is one of the most popular third-party Android keyboards available on the Google Play Store. It boasts a number of useful features, including:
As you can see, Swiftkey X features comprehensive settings options and customization abilities, which make it one of most popilar keyboard apps in the Play Store. You can download the keyboard from the Google Play Store here (phone version) and here (tablet version) for $2.99. There is also a 1-month trial version available.
SlideIT is a keyboard app with swipe capabilities, a la the Swype keyboard, where you “slide” from letter to letter to type out a word. Features include:
I use the SlideIT keyboard, but I personally find the slide function quite difficult on the larger screen of a tablet, but very convenient on my smartphone. You can download the keyboard from the Google Play Store here. It is currently on sale for $0.99. There is also a 15-day trial version available for free as well.
The Thumb keyboard, as the name suggests, is ideal for thumb typing, which is especially useful for tablets. It also features a lot of advanced functions that improve productivity. Features include:
As you can see, it has multiple optimization options for devices of all sizes and types, and is certainly very easy to use. You can download the Thumb keyboard for $2.99 from the Google Play Store here.
Logitype uses a groundbreaking technology that moves and resizes keys while you type to accommodate your typing style. The layout also mimics a PC keyboard, which gives new users a sense of familiarity and ease when typing. Features of this keyboard include:
If you find standard keyboards uncomfortable and are looking for a close-to-PC experience, this is the keyboard for you. You can download it for free from the Play Store here.
If you’re one of the many unlucky Android users still stuck on an older version of Android and looking for a slice of Ice Cream Sandwich, this is the keyboard for you. Features include:
You can download ICS keyboard here.
Below is a video of all the keyboards that we showed you above. If you are looking for a specific keyboard to check out, here are the timestamps for each one:
What are your thoughts? Are there any other keyboards that deserve to make this list? Let us know in the comments section below.
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It’s like Swiftkey and SlideIT combined, with a few extra shortcut functions. And it’s free.
How did u miss smart keyboard? It’s really quick and almost always accurate and has a customizable dedicated bar for quick punctuation!
I’ve been using Swiftkey on my phone and tablet for months. I can’t imagine using anything else at this point. The ability to learn your habits from various sources (text messages, email, facebook, twitter, etc…) and use that information to predict the next word you’ll want to type makes texting a breeze. I can send most texts by just starting to type the first word and then the prediction takes over and I can just tap the words in the prediction bar. It also nails the punctuation which is a plus.
I was going to get a bluetooth keyboard to pair with my Galaxy Tab 10.1 but Swiftkey’s tablet keyboard obviates the need since it’s very comfortable and efficient.
(Prior to Swiftkey I used Swype for a long time on my Droid X but there were a few too many little issues that took away from the experience. Also, using Swype on a tablet isn’t very comfortable.)
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Best android experience ever… enjoy :)
The handwriting keyboard is also very cool.
Maybe not as fast als thumbkeyboard, but twice the fun.
MessagEase! It takes less area, is a lot more accurate, and it’s optimized for touch. Free from Google Play.
I like the FlexT9 keyboard.
8Pen is always good once you get used to it
I find on-screen keyboards to be total sh t. Mobile screens are too small and, on tablets, you need to stare at the keys the whole time you’re typing to know where your fingers are. Instead I use Grafitti, an app which imitates Palm’s input method of converting handwriting to typed text – much faster and more accurate, IMO.
MessagEase is the absolute BEST keyboard for Android. It’s based on a new, innovative technology. It has fewer, larger keys, making it more accurate AND faster than any other onscreen keyboard. Currently MessagEase is enjoying 4 1/2 stars out of a possible 5, on Google Play Market. Considering that this technology is completely new, this achievement is remarkable.
MessagEase, being very new and innovative, takes a bit to learn and master. But most people say that they were surprised at how easy it was to learn it. Besides, there is a free game on Google Play Market, MessagEase Game, that helps you learn it in no time.
If you are sick and tired of tiny keys, perpetual errors, and embarrassing auto correction done by Android keyboard, try MessagEase. You’ll be glad you did: Here’s the link to MessagEase on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.exideas.mekb
And here’s a little video about it:
Is it by any chance new and Innovative? forget the features, just give us a press release. Rarely does a truly innovative product require a description claiming such. The word is being over used and in my personal opinion if companies are going to utilize social networking by injecting themselves into the conversation with consumers,they should not engage us in the same way they engage a press release statement. I oh really its innovative?!?! I okay ill now try this product I had no interest in before I saw it was innovative. I’m sure it’s a great product I just get tired of all the bs corporate talk, and if that’s all a company has to offer the “social stratosphere” to then it’s just redundant info.
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TouchPal has been great for me
this new iknowU keyboard looks cool, but it will cost money