10 Best Android Keyboard Apps

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John Corpuz

John Corpuz flip-flopped between computer science and creative writing courses in school. As a contributor to Tom's Guide he's found a happy middle ground writing about apps, mobile gaming and other geekery.

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  • Anonymous
    You missed a great one for the Geeks out there: Hackers Keyboard. I use it all the time for SSHing into my systems, and it's main benefit is a full set of keys. You can use modifiers like ctrl & alt, function keys, anything. It makes such remote admin tasks possible on an Android device.
  • alexmx
    Swiftkey would be perfect IF

    a) They fix the word dissappearing when typing fast
    b) I could choose 2 o 3 languajes excluding their respective keyboards
    c) I could use DragonGo! instead of google search
  • hmp_goose
    No Graffiti?
  • jordan009
    BetterKeyboard should of been in this list!
  • AndrewMD
    All of these keyboards suck. Ive been using GoKeyboard and the stock Android keyboard. One thing Android doesn't have which Apple has, is universal keyboard languages. I hate having to jump from English to Chinese to Korean, to Japanese using a different keyboard...
  • kittle
    +1 for the hackers keyboard.
    or anything with numbers across the top. its seriously annoying all the "extra" keystrokes needed just to type a simple: "meet me @ 2pm"
  • LordConrad
    Swype for the win! To bad for the sheeple that you can't get it on iDevices.
  • Anonymous
    No handwriting recognition? Like Palm or Galaxy Note. No Dvorak?
  • grant barker
    21 Android keyboards here: http://www.grantbarker.com/android-keyboards.html
  • Anonymous
    I would still prefer having an Android device with a keyboard like these devices
  • Anonymous
    i dont get satisfied with virtual keyboards. I like phones with real keyboards like http://technonymous.net/9-reasons-to-buy-a-qwerty-phone/
  • Anonymous
    Hi there. Really a great information. Thanks for sharing it.

    Android Application development
  • pastorb
    Thumb Keyboard is quite useful, but my favorite is SwiftKey3. I use it on my 10.1 inch tablet (a Toshiba Thrive, but it works on phones as well). The keys are well placed and there are lots of ways to customize the keyboard. The best thing about it is the predictive typing option. On average I have to type about 60% as much as if I had to type every word in full. That really speeds things up.

    I do wish that the number keypad in the middle of the keyboard could be edged towards one side or the other. As it is it's quite a stretch to type the numbers. Also, I wish that one of the (two) spacebars could be used to put spaces in a document while the other is used to trigger the predictive spelling. As of now it's one or the other.

  • dannymidtown
    I Have To Add 'Super Keyboard' _ Such Premium Software That I Bought The Pro Version Which Cost Only $1.99 And Is Worth $39.99 At Least! I've Been Using This Keyboard Since The Current Version Of Android Was 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Back In 2009 And It is The Best Keyboard For Android CPU Style Phones Still To This Date! [*In My Opinion] The Recent OTA Update Which Hooked Up My Phones With Android 5.1 L [Lollipop] Includes The Best Stock Keyboard That Google Has Ever Designed And Included With Android OS Of All Time! I Have Actually Been Using It With One Of My Phones: My Nexus 6 [Cloud White with 'DBrands' Backplate Skin: Custom White Carbon Fiber 'M Logo' & With 'X Cut Out' Option , Just Because It Really Is That Good __ That I Didn't Have To Install Super Keyboard Pro __ Right Away When Installing All The Best Mobile Software Applications/ While Setting Up And Customizing My Phones With The Latest And Best Configuration. Which I Definitely Do Every 2 To 3 Months/ Whenever A New Version Of Android Is Delivered To One/ Eventually All Of My Phones.
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    Hands Down The #1 Best File Explorer/ File Manager Android Software All Time!
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    8. Rotation Lock Adaptive Free [by Micgooware]
    **I Have Used This Premium Quality Android Software So Many Times, That I Had To Buy The Full Paid Version! Which Is Only $2.06 US That Is Such A Low Price I Can't Even Believe It: Obviously, All These Developers Are Not Charging Enough Money For All These Amazing Android Software Applications, That It's Obvious That They're Making Money Either From Selling Your Personal Information/ From Annoying Advertisements/ Are Just Shy To Ask For At Least $4.99 To $7.99 Minimum! So Buy This Software Just To Support The Developer, So They Produce More Updates & More Software & So It's Actually Worth Their Time: So Certain PPL Don't Just Take Your Personal Information & Sell It! All Because They Need To Get Paid For All That Time They Spent Developing This Amazing Mobile Software Somehow, Ya Know. [Even Though I Definitely Do Not Condone That Type Sh**!]
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