4 Best Android keyboard apps (free ones)

4 Best Android keyboard apps (free ones)
Your phone usually ships with some sub-par keyboard app that makes you wonder how such good phone is equipped with such bad keyboard. No worries - there are plenty of free Android keyboard apps to choose from, each with their own unique twists.

Here's out look at four best keyboard apps for Android as of now.

Gboard - Google's own keyboard



Gboard is the official keyboard from Google. As expected, it has everything that a modern keyboard app should have: customizations and predictive text input. And as the Gboard is from Google, it obviously has an integrated Google search in it.

Here's the demonstration video for Gboard:



Download Gboard from Google Play

Kika - Keyboard for those who love their emojis



Kika is aimed for "fun writing", meaning that the app is full of emojis, GIF animations and all kinds of bells and whistles you might expect to see in a keyboard app meant for social media savvy ones. Besides the eye-candy, Kika also has the most common features of modern keyboards: flow-writing, predictive text input and full customization. And yes, it supports tons of languages, too.

Here's Kika's demo video:



Download Kika from Google Play

Fleksy - The fastest keyboard



Fleksy claims that their keyboard app is the fastest keyboard in the world - in text input and with its functionality. There might be something behind this claim, at least people who have reviewed the app in Google Play store have praised the app quite a lot. And just like others in this list, Fleksy, too, has enormous library of emojis, GIF animations and other eye-candy to choose from. And yes, it can be customized quite well, too.

Here's Fleksy's demo video:



Download Fleksy from Google Play

SwiftKey - The Best keyboard there is?



And as last, but not least, there's SwiftKey. Microsoft bought the keyboard to its portfolio back in 2016 for a whopping $250 million(!). Paying quarter of a billion for a keyboard app might sound insane, but there might be something to back that price. SwiftKey's specialty is with its predictive text input - the app learns from your writing style and you can also feed your emails to it to get it understand better how you write. You can then store the data it has gathered and learned from your writings to a cloud storage. This means that once you switch to a new phone, all your predictive text data comes with you and you don't have to "teach" your keyboard all over again.

SwiftKey also support multiple languages simultaneously, meaning that if you tend to merge two languages in your sentences (like I do when I write both Finnish and English at the same time), SwiftKey doesn't try to enforce one language's rules to the other language and vice versa.

It also supports tons of languages, keyboard styles and has quite nice flow-writing feature, too.

Here's SwiftKey's demo video:



Download SwiftKey from Google Play

We also have a guide instructing on how to switch your Android's default keyboard app, so once you have decided to download a new keyboard, read through our guide on how to get it working.

...did we miss some keyboard? Let us know in comments!

Written by: Petteri Pyyny @ 7 Sep 2017 10:35
Tags
Android App app lists keyboard SwiftKey
Advertisement - News comments available below the ad
  • 2 comments
  • hearme0

    LAME!

    Sadly, SwiftKey is no longer needed as the built-in KB with current android releases are nearly identical in every performance way.....excluding the fluff like custom backgrounds or themes, etc.


    I don't recommend anyone put a 3rd party KB on their already soon-to-be bogged down to a crawl Android device. Perhaps if Android was a better OS that managed resources more effectively and didn't slow down every 6 months like clockwork (tho many putzes will ring in here saying "mine is just as fast as when I first got it" which is total nonsense because they don't see the gradual slowdown).


    Just use the stock KB.......especially if you're on Android 6 or later. 7 is even better.

    8.9.2017 14:28 #1

  • Bozobub

    Sorry, once again, absolutely false. SwiftKey may LOOK similar, but what has always set it apart is its prediction features, not overall look.

    Your tastes simply don't dictate others'. Deal with it.

    10.9.2017 20:06 #2

© 2017 AfterDawn Oy