#1 By: Chris Hoffman, October 28th, 2013 04:04
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174460/5-android-keyboard-replacements-to-help-you-type-faster/
Android allows developers to replace its keyboard with their own keyboard apps. This has led to experimentation and great new features, like the gesture-typing feature that’s made its way into Android’s official keyboard after proving itself in third-party keyboards.
#2 By: nicarb, October 28th, 2013 04:16
You missed TouchPal X Keyboard which is worth a try.
#3 By: Naman Sood, October 28th, 2013 06:45
Thanks a lot! I'm using Google Keyboard for now.
Anything about launchers?
#4 By: DEANJA, October 28th, 2013 17:06
I find a little known keyboard called, ' The Hackers Keyboard', great. Yes I know the name might put some off, but it replicates exactly a regular computer keyboard including the directional arrow keys. Very handy when you want to move back a couple of letters etc. to correct a mistake or insert a word.
#5 By: Michael Tunnell, October 28th, 2013 18:34
Swype is an awesome keyboard for many reasons but the custom gestures are AWESOME...you can create your own custom gestures to easily type in things like email address, website urls, etc. It is very nice.
My favorite launcher is Nova Launcher...requries ICS or newer. Nova is VERY powerful and VERY customizable while at the same time is VERY lightweight so it doesn't add any bloat.
#6 By: Adam Olivero, October 28th, 2013 22:45
Another good one that I use is Kii Keyboard. Its fast and works great. On the paid version on landscape mode you can get arrow keys in their one setup. I love it!
Kii Keyboard Play Store Link
#8 By: el_gallo_azul, October 29th, 2013 02:20
I originally installed TouchPal to work with Chinese characters, but crikey it is able to do many many more things than I use. I'm quite happy with it, and I find that I struggle with other keyboards (eg. using someone else's phone to write an SMS). Especially the Samsung one. That's way too small.
#9 By: el_gallo_azul, October 29th, 2013 02:21
Many thanks john234 for your keyboard contribution.
#10 By: Naman Sood, October 29th, 2013 06:12
I just installed Apex, and they seem to be quite similar in some ways. But I still like Apex.
#11 By: Peter , October 29th, 2013 09:46
I have been using SwiftKey for ages but a recent update to SwiftKey caused my phone to revert to the default keyboard every time it is rebooted. It's easy enough to reset, but it is super annoying, there have been tons of complaints about to SwiftKey and they refuse to do anything about it, basically saying it's the phone manufacturers' fault.
When I was using it more, it was awesome. Its predictivate abilities were truely amazing. Sometimes I could type a whole sentence with only 8-10 taps. I wish they would address the resetting issue because it is a great time saver. If it works for you, I would highly recommend it.
#12 By: Naman Sood, October 29th, 2013 12:52
That happened to me when I moved my keyboard to the SD card. Are you sure you haven't?
#13 By: Peter , October 30th, 2013 07:27
Absolutely sure, I don't have an SD card in my phone.
#14 By: Akash Pandey, November 1st, 2013 04:15
Has anyone tried the Dynamic Keyboard?
#15 By: Chris Hoffman, February 5th, 2014 16:33
First of all, you stole my name. Give it back!
It seems like I am in a constant search for a better keyboard app. Here's what I need:
I use Remote Desktop on the phone extensively. Many keyboards don't offer predictions or corrections through Remote Desktop. So, it rules them out from the start. Aside from that, due to the way my vision is, I am only effective with the traditional tap typing. So, I need a keyboard that is good for that.
So far, I know of three keyboards that fit the bill for the most part: Smart Keyboard, TouchPal X, and Kii Keyboard.
I wish that A.I.type Keyboard worked over Remote Desktop. I really like it aside from that.
So, the hunt continues for a better option.
#16 By: Naman Sood, February 6th, 2014 04:56
From the three you shortlisted, I liked Kii the most - however, you should try out all three first, see which one you like.
Your name is Chris Hoffman? Ladies and gentlemen, let the confusion begin!
#17 By: Chris Hoffman, February 6th, 2014 12:16
Yes, Chris Hoffman here too.
I have definitely tried out all three. I switch between Kii and Smart Keyboard. Sometimes I have issues with both. So, still looking for anything better.
#18 By: Naman Sood, February 7th, 2014 08:14
What issues do you have? If you have issues with Smart and Kii, what about TouchPal?
#19 By: Chris Hoffman, February 7th, 2014 10:03
With Kii, I very often end up with skipped characters or it adding an extra g after a word, like "happeni g" or "happening g". Things like that.
With Smart Keyboard, it does not correct some typing errors. For example, I often hit o when going for i with the keyboard. So, I get "os" instead of "is" of "thos" instead of "this". I have entered those for now in AutoText for it to change those two, but, of course, there are surely other cases, and what happens if I need to say "I am using Windows 7 for my OS"?
As for TouchPal X... If I am remembering correctly, I didn't like the layout of the numbers. I have completely uninstalled it, though. So, I don't remember for sure. The others I keep installed hoping they will be updated and one of them become perfect.
EDIT: It won't let me reply in the thread...says limited to 3 replies. So, I am replying here.
I have indeed tried both of those, but they don't work through Remote Desktop. So, they're completely out. But, yes, definitely always on the look out and checking new options in Google Play that I stumble upon, etc.
#20 By: Naman Sood, February 7th, 2014 10:14
Well, you can try out other keyboard listed here and on Google Play - I use the Google Keyboard for swipe-based typing, and like SwiftKey for touch-typing (you can disable swipe in the settings).