We may have adapted to typing pretty fast on smartphone keyboards after moving away from the numberpad-based phone keyboards of old, but things aren't perfect yet. Smartphone keyboards are never fast enough, never autocorrect correctly and often lead to frustration. Do you relate to these problems? Then check out our list of the best keyboard apps for your Android device.
AI Type Plus Keyboard
Normally we think of keyboards as being functional rather than flashy aspects of our Android phones, but this versatile keyboard proves that you can have both at the same time. The default AI Type Plus keyboard takes its cues from Android Lollipop, but you can download hundreds of free extra themes for it, making it as flamboyant as you like. In terms of usability, this keyboard lets you swipe, tap, and fill your messages with over 800 emojis. If you're feeling creative, you can even design your own themes and upload them for others to use.ai.type keyboard Plus + Emoji
Google's keyboard has a simple and clean interface that just works very well. Material design themes, a ton of languages, text-to-speech, gesture typing - it has a lot to offer. You can download this keyboard for free in the Play Store with no in-app purchases. It's compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and up, so there's no good reason not to give Google Keyboard a go.Google Keyboard
MultiLing Keyboard is a feature-packed keyboard app, and while it lacks the understated sophistication of Google Keyboard it does bring a lot to the table. For example, it's the only app on the list to come with a calculator included and it has a plethora of customization options. If you're the kind of person who really likes to tinker with every little detail, this app is perfect for you.Multiling O Keyboard + emoji
TouchPal is heavily focused on emojis/emoji art/smileys/pictures, but it also features over 85 languages, swipe/glide functionality, cloud prediction and contextual prediction. Don't let its cutesy Play Store description and branding put you off, there is far more to TouchPal than just colors and themes; as a straight up keyboard for messaging quickly and comfortably, it should easily make its way onto any best keyboard list.TouchPal - Cute Emoji Keyboard
Swype is a popular keyboard which employs the swipe (or "glide") method for character input. Swype learns from your messaging habits, automatically updating its dictionary with new phrases that you type. It creates automatic spaces between words to speed up your workflow and adapts to common mistakes you make. I’m a long-time fan of Swype, though I recognize the swiping technique is an acquired taste. If you want the best example of it, however, then look no further than Swype - the autospace feature alone means faster typing.Swype Keyboard Free
Possibly the most well known keyboard app on the Google Play Store, SwiftKey has one of the finest typing interfaces available on Android. Like Swype, you can type in the traditional manner or use swiping (which SwiftKey calls "flow"), and both methods function equally well. Based on past messages you have typed, SwiftKey is able to guess what the next words in your sentence will be. There are some great options for keyboard size and layout including an intriguing “thumb” mode which creates a space between the left and right half of the keyboard.SwiftKey Keyboard
Fleksy delivers accurate typing, and the simple swipe up and swipe down functions for correcting / adding new words to the dictionary are great. Pressing a button or swiping to make a space does seem slow when other keyboards come with automatic spacing, but for those not yet onboard with how swiping handles, this is my top recommendation for standard typing. There is an 'invisible' keyboard feature too!Fleksy + GIF Keyboard
The Minuum keyboard isn’t strictly QWERTY-based, but is capable of shrinking in size to allow the alphabet to sit on one line. It’s a unique interface and it genuinely offers something new and credible. I don't usually feel a need to minimize my keyboard, personally, but if it is something you want to do I don’t think you could find a smaller or more efficient solution. Will it speed things up for regular users? I'm not sure. Try it for yourself.Minuum Keyboard Free + Emoji
What's your favorite Android Keyboard app? Let us know in the comments below.