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For a long time, Android’s use of third-party keyboards made it a better deal than iPhone. Alternative Android keyboard apps What is the Best Alternative Keyboard for Android? What is the Best Alternative Keyboard for Android? We take a look at some of the best keyboards in the Play Store and put them to the test. Read More like Swype and Swiftkey are fantastic. But there’s more to keyboards than just text.

Recently, more alternative iPhone keyboards have started supporting GIFs, emojis, 5 More iOS 8 Keyboards That Support GIFs, Fancy Fonts & Themes 5 More iOS 8 Keyboards That Support GIFs, Fancy Fonts & Themes You will be amazed by what features can be packed into simple keyboard. Read More and other cool features. So if you’re an Android (CA) user, what should you turn to? Don’t worry, there are still some cool keyboards that you probably haven’t heard of.

Swiftmoji (Free): Suggests and Searches for Emojis

Emojis can be difficult to understand, which is why we have an emoji to English dictionary An Emoji to English Dictionary: Emoji Faces' Meaning, Explained An Emoji to English Dictionary: Emoji Faces' Meaning, Explained Confused by a text? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emoji. Read More . You know what’s much more difficult? Finding the right emoji when you most need it.

SwiftKey recognized this problem and came up with a whole new app to solve it. Meet Swiftmoji, an emoji keyboard that smartly suggests emojis based on what you just typed. It’s kind of like a search engine for emojis.

Type what you want, using the features that make SwiftKey awesome SwiftKey 4 Introduces SwiftKey Flow With Intelligent Prediction & More [Updates] SwiftKey 4 Introduces SwiftKey Flow With Intelligent Prediction & More [Updates] The new version of SwiftKey comes armed with SwiftKey Flow, a swipe-to-type feature that is supported with a more intelligent word prediction engine. Gesture based typing solutions are all the rage, and that has been... Read More . A row under what you typed will show emoji suggestions from Swiftmoji. Tap the plus icon to see more suggestions, or just dive into the regular emoji view of all apps. If you like using emojis as you type, this is what you need.

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Download: Swiftmoji for Android (Free)

Tenor GIF keyboard (Free): Find the Perfect GIF

If you spend some time on the Internet, you know that GIFs are the language of the web GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future Read More . But when the opportunity strikes, you need to be quick. It takes too much time and effort to exit the app, search for GIFs on Giphy Find The Best GIFs On The Web With Giphy, A Dedicated Search Engine For Animated Images Find The Best GIFs On The Web With Giphy, A Dedicated Search Engine For Animated Images GIFs are commonplace across the Web, but it's sometimes hard to find the right one for the right situation. Thankfully a new dedicated search engine just for GIFs has arrived. Its name is Giphy and... Read More , and then copy-paste back into the original app.

Tenor GIF keyboard is the quick way to get the GIF you need. Tenor is another GIF search engine like Giphy, and it features a huge repository of reactions. The best part about the app is that it works much, much faster than any other GIF keyboard on the Play Store. I compared it with Fleksy, Kika, How You Doin?, and GIMO, and Tenor was so visibly faster that any statistical test wasn’t necessary.

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Just search for a GIF and it’ll load almost instantly, without you ever having to leave the app you’re in. It’s all a part of the keyboard, where you can see trending GIFs, most popular GIFs, and even search for them. And did I mention Tenor is super fast in loading GIFs?

The only issue is that you’ll need to fire up Tenor GIF keyboard each time you want to use it. It doesn’t have its own alphabet keyboard to actually type with, so it reverts to your default choice once you’re done inserting GIFs.

Download: Tenor GIF Keyboard for Android (Free)

CopyPasta (Free): Collection of Complex Text-Based Emoticons

Before GIFs and emojis, the Internet made do with simple and complex text-based emoticons The Emoticon Is Thirty! But Where Did It Come From? [Geek History] The Emoticon Is Thirty! But Where Did It Come From? [Geek History] In 2012, the emoticon as we know it turned thirty years old. A lot of us take it for granted that we can convey emotion through text using constructs like :) and :( and O_O,... Read More  like this:

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Another popular Internet phenomenon is a copypasta, which is kind of like the text version of an Internet meme A Brief Overview of Internet Memes & How You Can Quickly Create Your Own A Brief Overview of Internet Memes & How You Can Quickly Create Your Own Read More .

The Copypasta keyboard combines these two phenomena into one app, so you can quickly add a “shruggie” or any emoticon 5 Sites to Copy-Paste Emojis, Text Faces, Emoticons, & More 5 Sites to Copy-Paste Emojis, Text Faces, Emoticons, & More Like with anything else on the Internet, there are handy cheat sheets to type text faces, emoticons, emojis, Japanese kawai faces, and more. Read More . From the above cool sunglasses to flipping tables, everything is a couple of taps away.

And yeah, there are a bunch of popular Internet copypastas too, but you’d need to really be deep into web culture to understand or use those.

Download: Copypasta for Android (Free)

Kika Keyboard (Free): Everything In One Keyboard

Kika isn’t as fast as Tenor in loading GIFs or finding the right one, and Kika won’t auto-suggest emojis based on what you just typed — it’s not that smart. Kika’s collection of emoticon faces is much smaller. But Kika will handle everything without bringing your phone to a crawl.

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Kika is for someone who doesn’t want to have separate apps for emojis, GIFs and copypastas. It’s also a decent GIF keyboard for anyone who hates Tenor’s lack of an alphabet keyboard.

By itself, Kika is a decent app and is actually pretty quick at loading GIFs too. Its emoji database is quite large and should satisfy most people. It even adds stickers, face emoticons, and ASCII art for you to insert in a couple of taps.

Download: Kika Keyboard for Android (Free)

Hub Keyboard (Free): Web Search, Clipboard, Translations, Synonyms, Recent Documents, and Contact Info

No one expected it when Google made the best iPhone keyboard, Gboard Did Google Make the Best iPhone Keyboard Yet? Meet Gboard Did Google Make the Best iPhone Keyboard Yet? Meet Gboard Google recently launched a new keyboard for iPhones called Gboard, and it's exclusively available on iOS right now. It's also probably the best mobile keyboard you have ever used. Read More . It was baffling when Google didn’t launch that on Android. Well guess what, Google, Microsoft just beat you to it. The Hub Keyboard is like Gboard for Android.

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The Hub Keyboard performs a basic search if you type in it. It has a built-in clipboard for multiple entries to improve copy-paste on Android How to Improve the Copy & Paste Functionality on Android How to Improve the Copy & Paste Functionality on Android Ever wanted to copy and paste more than one thing at a time? Wish you had quick access to certain phrases you could paste? These apps have got you covered and then some. Read More . You can insert a phonebook contact’s info without leaving the screen. It will translate text from one language to another, and you can choose the languages. It’ll look up synonyms for you. And if you are using Microsoft Office for Android Microsoft Office For Android vs. Google Docs: Which Is Better? Microsoft Office For Android vs. Google Docs: Which Is Better? Read More  with OneDrive, it will also find your recent Word, PowerPoint, or Excel files.

The Hub Keyboard is an absolute marvel, but there are still a few flaws. It lacks some features, like swipe-to-type. The translation feature is buggy. The search feature doesn’t show you previews of the page. But these are small complaints for an app that is still in beta. It gets more things right than wrong. Notch up another entry in Microsoft’s collection of awesome Android apps How Microsoft Took Over My Android Phone How Microsoft Took Over My Android Phone It's honestly surprising how many Microsoft apps are available for Android -- and they're really good! Read More .

Download: Hub Keyboard for Android (Free)

Pro Tip: Get Quick Keyboard Switch

If you plan to use one or more of these apps, do yourself a favor and download Quick Keyboard Switch. The default mechanism to switch keyboards in Android is unnecessarily complicated, and this makes it easy.

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Quick Keyboard Switch sits in your notification bar. A few taps and you’ll have switched from the best Android keyboard for you How To Choose The Best Android Keyboard For Your Own Needs How To Choose The Best Android Keyboard For Your Own Needs If there’s one reason to pick Android over any other type of smartphone, it would be customizability. Whether you’re looking for different kinds of apps, themes, or ROMs, you’re always just one click away from... Read More to one of the above. And in another few taps, you can switch back.

Download: Quick Keyboard Switch for Android (Free)

What’s Your Favorite Android Keyboard?

Most of these aren’t going to replace your favorite Android keyboard. But we’re curious to know which keyboard you use every day.

Are you in the Swiftkey camp or team Swype? Has one feature made you switch to Google Keyboard This Feature May Make You Switch to Google Keyboard This Feature May Make You Switch to Google Keyboard Moving the typing cursor on a smartphone can be frustrating, especially on a smaller device. Google Keyboard has a neat little feature that gets around the problem! Read More ? Do you stray away from the crowd and use Fleksy or Minuum or some other keyboard altogether? Tell us what you use, and which of the above you liked.

  1. Tova Tacke
    December 4, 2016 at 2:29 am

    thanks

    dailybuzz.com

  2. Praveen Kumar S
    August 31, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Minuum is cool but TouchPal is my main keyboard for years. Soon it will change :)

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