There’s a multitude of different keyboards available on Android. Not only do they offer some pretty cool themes, they offer a wide range of different functionalities. Go Keyboard has a bottomless pit of themes whereas SwiftKey offers a bunch of features to improve your typing efficiency. Then there’s the Stock Android Keyboard which is now available to download in the Google Play Store.
A few months ago I fell out of love with SwiftKey, though it’s full of efficient features there are a few little bugs which have annoyed me enough to look for another keyboard. I had already tried Go Keyboard before switching to SwiftKey so all I had left was (at the time) Samsung’s bland and fairly small keyboard made specifically for tiny ant hands – something I couldn’t deal with so SwiftKey it was.
When I switched to my Nexus 4 I instantly fell in love with the stock keyboard. It was much bigger than Samsung’s attempt and much more functional. The autocorrect wasn’t too intrusive either, something I found with SwiftKey. What’s even better is that now the Stock Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) keyboard is available to everyone in the Google Play Store now.
I’m currently putting a Samsung Galaxy S IV through its paces for a review and as soon as I heard the news I installed Google Keyboard and it improved the S4 no end.
The Google Keyboard offers a more simplistic typing experience, something which is often being overlooked in favour of more efficient functions or themes. For those that are a fan of gesture typing won’t miss out either. The Google Keyboard has a pretty neat gesture typing feature.
With Google making more of it’s stock features stand alone in the app store it gives the company a chance to update individual features without the need for pointless updates which only offer minor UI changes.
You can download the Google Keyboard for free from the Google Play Store.