Swype is dead, long live the alternative Android keyboards!

One of Small Android iconAndroid's great strengths is undoubtedly its ability to customize the interface by simply installing an application. Apple has been using custom keyboards since 2014 with Small iOS iconiOS 8, and third-party keyboards are generally very popular among users.

Small Swype Keyboard iconSwype Keyboard was one of the oldest options available on Android in the range of alternative keyboards. It was also one of the first to introduce a very precise gestural mode for grabbing words by sliding fingers. But a few days ago, the company Nuance announced the end of support for Swype on Android and iOS.

So, here's a selection of the most relevant replacement keyboards according to us.


  • Gboard

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Created by Google, it was first launched on iOS before being ported to Android to replace Small Google Keyboard iconGoogle Keyboard. Amazing, isn't it? Gboard has several assets that have made its popularity: a Google search bar integrated into the keyboard, as well as a search bar for Emoji and gifs.

     

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  • Swiftkey

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    SwiftKey is a popular option, much appreciated for its excellent prediction of words and Emoji based on learning users’ typing habits. The SwiftKey keyboard also has different themes and colors for customization. It supports over 150 languages.

     

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  • Fleksy

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Fleksy distinguishes itself with speedy data entry thanks to its ergonomics and simplified personalization. The app makes it easy to find and send GIFs and stickers and customize your keyboard with powerful extensions and colorful themes.

     

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  • Chrooma Keyboard

    Freemium Android Android Tablet Website

    It was launched in 2016 in its final version. The keyboard is an alternative for those who want to personalize their keyboard’s functionality and appearance in depth. You can change the background color as you wish and the keyboard has a night mode that activates when the brightness goes down, with a black background that saves energy.
    It also has a one-handed mode that brings the keys closer together and, as its name suggests, makes it easier to grasp when the user holds his smartphone with one hand. You can add a line dedicated to numbers and you have the possibility, as with Small Gboard iconGboard to access a GIF database, among others.

     

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  • Minuum Keyboard

    Commercial Android iPhone Website

    Minuum is a keyboard optimized for small spaces, especially those with a small screen like the iPhone SE. It is based on a highly efficient self-correcting compensation system. Emoji are also on the agenda.

     

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  • Go Keyboard

    Freemium Android Android Tablet Website

    Go Keyboard is very rich in terms of personalization. The keyboard offers several thousand themes and has more than 800 Emojis and smileys in different categories. Its strengths are also based on suggestions for words, self-correction, and a user-friendly interface. It supports over 60 languages.

     

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  • ai.type

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    ai.type is an intelligent keyboard with advanced customization. Its advantages include an excellent prediction of words, as well as an efficient auto-correction that adapts to the style and typing habits of each user. It includes more than a thousand themes for customization.

     

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  • TouchPal Keyboard

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire Website

    Touchpal is an original keyboard that draws its originality from a large database of users, since the publisher communicates using 500 million users all over the world. Customization is an undeniable asset, as the virtual keyboard can be modified in depth with the help of more than a thousand themes and keyboards that are made available free of charge.

     

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  • Kika Keyboard

    Free Android Android Tablet Website

    Another keyboard that chooses to bet on emojis, GIFs, and other stickers to give some excitement to our conversations.
    Ergonomics seems to be a great asset for Kika Emoji Keyboard, since the editor wants to make it as easy as possible to enter data with one hand. The virtual keyboard is placed on the side of its choice in order to correspond as closely as possible to its user. 20 million users have currently downloaded this application.

     

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  • AnySoftKeyboard

    Free Android Website

    AnySoftKeyboard is a multi-layout keyboarding system developed and hosted as a collaborative libre software project on Small GitHub iconGitHub.
    It is available from the Small Google Play Store iconGoogle Play Store as well as from the unrestricted Small F-Droid iconF-Droid repository.
    It provides a lot of flexibility to extend existing keyboard support. It makes it possible to display and enter text in languages and scripts beyond the list of locales and languages installed by default, especially for various non-Roman scripts and lesser-known languages.
    AnySoftKeyboard allows users to select, download, and activate extra language packs, plugins, and prediction dictionaries. Users can display a selection of languages - including non-Roman scripts - and switch to their preferred keyboard to type in data in their various applications.

     

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  • Grammarly Keyboard

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Probably the most recent one on this list, Grammarly Keyboard is a personal editor that has integration over mobile apps and mobile browsers. Whenever you type using the Grammarly keyboard, it will check your writing and make sure the message looks clear and mistake-free. Suggestions for the message will be displayed on top of the keyboard, which you can accept by tapping on them.
    For users that pay for Grammarly Premium, the keyboard will also suggest additional style improvements and vocabulary enhancements.

     

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