What’s The Best Android Keyboard For You?
Android phones come in various shapes and sizes. As such, the experience varies as well. Because typing is one of the main things you’ll do on your smartphone, finding the perfect keyboard is a definite essential. However, as mentioned, different Android phones make different typing experiences. As a direct result of this, keyboard app developers had to come up with smart ways to create consistently outstanding typing for users.
For everyone: GBoard
We have no problem recommending Google’s home-developed keyboard app, GBoard, to literally everyone. It’s got a long list of features like GIF support, material design-friendly themes, and emoji search bar. But perhaps the most attractive feature is the Google search feature baked into the keyboard itself.
For the swiper: SwiftKey
Gesture typing was a revolutionary feature when it first debuted only a few years ago. Now, everyone’s using the technology. Arguably the best in this field is SwiftKey and forever it seems they will hold the title. This app types very precisely and looks considerably clean. Perfect for the lot of you who are blessed and cursed with stubby fingers.
For those of you who love order: Chrooma
Chrooma came in a bit later than GBoard, but already people are hailing this to be one if not the best Android apps in the market. The hook? The keyboard changes color to match the app you’re using the keyboard on. It’s a purely cosmetic thing, I know, but it’s enough to have people make the move. This, doubled with the host of features that the app has baked in (my favorite is the Clipboard feature), and GBoard is looking at a great contender.
For those who like functionality: Slash
This one’s pretty special. Taking from its moniker, the app allows you to make commands by using the forward-slash key (“/”) followed by the command. For example, you can find GIFs on Giphy by using the command “/gif”. It’s relatively new, but already it’s showing great promise.
For the minimalists among you: Minuum
Minuum lives up to its name. It’s minimalistic. So much so that it wants to take only 20% of your screen’s real estate. They have a mode that shrinks your keyboard into one line of letters instead of three in a traditional QWERTY. The app is smart enough to make this feature not only work but also surpass typing speeds against traditional typing, although the app does take some getting used to.