Best free QWERTY keyboard apps for Android

One of the most used apps on Android phones is the keyboard. There are several free and paid keyboards available at the Android Market and some are available from the developer’s website. So which keyboard is for you?

Here is a list of free keyboard apps that you can use on your Android phone

A.I.type Keyboard (Beta)


Requires: Android 2.0.1 or higher

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.aitype.android&feature=search_result

Pros: Has multiple language dictionaries, Alternate symbols, Keyboard Themes, Fun Factory to customize appearance (including Background image,key color),Voice input, disable/enable Smiley key, change the Keyboard height,Auto capitalization, Auto correct,sound for auto correct

Cons: Predictions are cloud based. So you need internet access for it to work properly.Could consume precious data. Would be better if they offered users to download at-least one dictionary

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Anysoft Keyboard

Requires: Android 1.5 or higher

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.menny.android.anysoftkeyboard&feature=search_result

Pros: Multiple language dictionaries (have to be downloaded separately),Auto capitalization, Quick fix (auto-correct),Alternate symbols,arrow keys, Press space to switch between Number/letter mode, Double tap space for period ,Swipe gestures, User dictionary(has an option to include frequently used words, contact names), Volume keys as arrow keys, Tweaks:has several options like custom volume, key preview language key, etc.

Cons: Some language plugins are unavailable.

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Flit Keyboard

Requires: Android 1.6 or higher

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.locnet.flitkeyboard&feature=search_result

Pros: Qwerty layout with different input method (Tap and slide), Multiple language dictionaries, Alternate symbols (enable 2nd keyboard from settings), Auto-capitalization, User dictionary, Plugins,skins can be downloaded

Cons: No auto-correct, free version has certain limits, (number of plugins)

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Gingerbread Keyboard (Editor’s Choice)

Requires: Android 2.2 or higher (Available by default on Gingerbread and CM7)

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.moo.android.inputmethod.latin.free&feature=search_result

Pros: Prediction, User Dictionary, Multiple language dictionaries, Alternate symbols, Multitouch, Auto-capitalization, Voice input, Auto-correct, KB skins available on some CM7 themes, pin-point cursor (just tap the cursor to position it where you want, better than arrow keys)

Cons: None

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Go Keyboard

Requires: Android 1.6 or higher

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jb.gokeyboard&feature=search_result

Pros: Swipe input, Qwerty/T9 modes, Import sms/contacts,Prediction,Auto-correct, User Dictionary (with backup/restore), Multiple language dictionaries, Alternate symbols, Multitouch, Auto-capitalization,Voice Input, Plugins, Themes/skins/custom background, Arrow keys, Disable/enable Smiley key

Cons: Prediction/Auto-correct is not up to the mark

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Multiling Keyboard

Requires: Android 2.2 or higher

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.klye.ime.latin&feature=search_result

Pros: Multiple language support, Multiple modes like Qwerty/T9/dvorak etc, Multi-touch, Auto-correct, Word prediction/learning (Contact name prediction, touch to correct words),Themes, Auto-capitalization,Auto-spacing, Double tap space for period, Gesture support

Cons: Some language plugins are unavailable

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Perfect Keyboard Free

Requires: Android 2.2 or higher

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=free.inputmethod.latin.perfectkeyboard&feature=search_result

Pros:Multitouch, User dictionary,supports AnySoftKeyboard dictionaries, Voice Input, Auto-correct, Alternate symbols, T9/qwerty/compact mode, Long press enter for smileys, Swipe up the space bar for arrow keys (eats up screen space)

Cons: Gestures,Appearance cannot be configured in the free version

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Smartkeyboard TrialΒ 

Requires: Android 1.5 or higher

Market Link: https://market.android.com/details?id=net.cdeguet.smartkeyboardtrial&feature=related_apps

Pros: Multitouch KB, Multi-language dictionaries, skins, voice input, T9/qwerty/compact, Cursor keys, Alternate symbols, Smart Dictionary (self learning), Customizable swipe gestures,smileys,domain key, Backup settings/dictionaries to the SD Card

Cons: Nagscreen pops-up once in a while in the free version

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Swype (Beta)

Register for a beta https://beta.swype.com/

Tip: Swype the two keys on the bottom-left (the tip key and SYM) to bring the arrow keys and several useful options like cut,copy, paste.

Pros: Faster than typing, Multiple language support,Word Suggestion, Auto-correct, Auto-spacing,Auto-capitalization, Shortcuts (for copy,paste opening twitter/ facebook, etc), Personal Dictionary

Cons: Requires signup to download, need to get used to “swiping” to avoid errors

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Touchpal Curve (Beta)

You need a beta invite to download it.
Get one from their twitter account: http://twitter.com/#!/touchpal

or their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TouchPal/168098259924187

Pros: Similar to swype, Alternate symbols, Customize Keyboard height, Word prediction, Spellcheck, Word learning,Auto-complete, Auto-spacing,

Cons: Prediction for shorter words is not up to the mark, the beta should be made available to public instead of invite system.

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Thick Buttons Keyboard

Requires: Android 2.1 or higher

Market Link
: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.thickbuttons&feature=search_result

Pros: Predicts buttons you need by enlarging them and shrinks other keys, Word learning, Supports multiple languages, Auto-capitalization, Word Prediction, Auto-complete,

Cons: Auto-correct is not up to the mark.

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Update:

The new version of Swype has some new features like shortcuts, personal dictionary.

GO Keyboard have added Swipe Input method πŸ™‚

Touchpal Curve Beta now supports additional languages

Conclusion:
I cycle between the Android (Gingerbread) KB, Swiftkey (paid), Swype, and Touchpal Curve. The Gingerbread KB is fantastic in word prediction,easy to use, has pinpoint cursor. Swype and Touchpal may need a bit getting used to, but once you do, it may increase your texting speed considerably.

Which Keyboard do you use? Share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

Some more posts about Android Apps:
Best Launcher apps for Android Phones https://ashwingeek.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/best-launcher-apps-for-android-phones/

Best Weather Apps/Widgets for Android Phones https://ashwingeek.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/best-weather-appswidgets-for-android-phones/

Best Video Players for Android Phones https://ashwingeek.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/best-video-players-for-android-phones/

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Ashwin is addicted to Android and PC softwares, loves to write reviews, especially about freewares :)

8 Responses to Best free QWERTY keyboard apps for Android

  1. Nikhil says:

    Hi Ashwin,
    really great list of keyboards πŸ™‚
    since i installed CM7 i’m on a hunt for a new keyboard.
    i’ll try Touchpal πŸ˜‰
    Thanks and Regards.

  2. cory says:

    thoughts on swiftkey-X?

    • ashwingeek says:

      If it was free, it would’ve been be my top recommendation.

      It really is a mind-reading keyboard, the word predictions are incredibly accurate. Also has cool skins and supports multiple language dictionaries.

      I have the paid version but this post is about free Keyboards only. That’s why I didn’t mention it πŸ˜‰

  3. Thick Buttons Keyboard looks awesome i will be trying that on my nexus s tonight Thanks πŸ™‚

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  5. ashwingeek says:

    Update: The new version of Swype has some new features like shortcuts, personal dictionary

    GO Keyboard developers have added Swipe Input method.

    Touchpal Curve Beta now supports additional languages

    I have added this to the post πŸ™‚