android logoTyping on your phone's touch screen can be rather annoying especially at the beginning. Luckily Android users can choose through a variety of keyboard applications available on Android market, both free and paid. Auto correction and word prediction are defining characteristics and the winner is the keyboard that allows you to type easier and faster. Below I will present you some popular keyboard apps to help you choose the best one for you. Just download them and try them!

Go Keyboard (free)

go keyboard

Go Keyboard is from the Go Dev Team that brought us Go SMS, Go Weather, Go Contacts, and so on. The keyboard itself is pretty plain with decent predictions and supports many different languages and different layouts as well.

Swype (beta)

Swype is a faster and easier way to input text on any touch screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard you are able to input words faster and easier than other data input methods - at over 40 words per minute. Its prediction is also very good.

Swiftkey X (free and paid)

SwiftKey X Keyboard is the smartest keyboard on Android, using artificial intelligence to help predict your next word as you type. This is what the devolopers say about their application! Swiftkey uses data from your Facebook, Twitter and Gmail, as well as your sent SMS messages in order to be able to predict what you would like to type.

Hacker's Keyboard (free)

hackers keyboard

This is a full 5-row keyboard including arrow and Esc/Ctrl keys, intended for tablets. If you are missing the key layout you're used to from your computer this keyboard is for you. It has separate number keys, punctuation in the usual places, and arrow keys. It is based on the AOSP Gingerbread soft keyboard, so it supports multitouch for the modifier keys.
This keyboard is especially useful if you use ConnectBot for SSH access. It provides working Tab/Ctrl/Esc keys, and the arrow keys are essential for devices such as the Xoom tablet or Nexus S that don't have a trackball or D-Pad.

HTC_IME Soft Keyboard (free)

htc ime_1 htc ime_2

This keyboard has derived from the HTC build of the Android keyboard, HTC_IME has since been improved for again and again with supports for a ton of features. You can do T9 style and full keyboard. It also does voice input! Beware it is an unofficial app, NOT in Android Market, so not guaranteed to run on your phone. You can download it from the XDA developers forum.

Thumb Keyboard (free)

thumb keyboard

Thumb Keyboard gives you larger keys by splitting the keyboard into two halves, one higher than the other, so you can fit bigger keys on screens without taking up too much space. It works quite well. It has word prediction, voice input and many customization options. You can configure a variety of factors such as color scheme, different keyboard layout for portrait vs. landscape modes, and much more.
If you own an Android tablet such as Samsung Galaxy Tab or HTC Flyer , it takes advantage of tablet's greater screen size and give you keyboards split in half on either side, with the number pad and cursor keys and whatnot in between.

A.I.type Keyboard (free and paid)

A.I. Keyboard claims to be an intelligent keyboard with revolutionary context-sensitive text prediction, auto-correction and auto-learning. Word completions and predictions are generated by A.I.type’s servers on the Cloud. When the device is offline or Internet connection is too slow, or if you disable Cloud-based prediction, word suggestions will be generated by the device only. The keyboard also learns your unique words and style of writing. It also supports skins so it can look like iPhone or WP7.


My HTC Desire came with HTC_IME keyboard installed and although it seemed pretty good to me from the time I tried swype I am stick with it! Which one is your favourite keyboard?

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I have big hands so I use Big Buttons Keyboard
Carlos , November 13, 2011
Thanks for mentioning it Carlos. I only knew Thumb Keyboard for those who find small the default keyboard buttons.
axel , November 18, 2011
Another keyboard for big hands
My hands are not very big, but I still thought the keys on mobiles are too small, so I made this :
It is still in test and not uploaded to Markets yet, but you can download it from the link
Hardy Henneberg , December 03, 2011
Nice Hardy!
axel , December 04, 2011
another great keyboard
I am using "perfect keyboard" and I really like it.
john j , January 28, 2012
I was looking at some of your posts on this website and I believe this web site is rattling informative !
Harga Murah Terbaik , March 19, 2012
2 style keyboard in one?
Is there a keyboard that has functionality to be 3x4 button style in portrait while full querty in landscape mode? For mobiles with small screen (320x480) it would be perfect cause (almost) all querty keyboards are heavy to type in portrait mode. Any?
Horvat , April 06, 2012

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