Best Alternative Keyboard Apps for Android

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While Android devices come with decent enough stock keyboard programs, sometimes you want something a little different. Maybe autocorrect and predictive text aren't doing it for you. Not to worry! There are options out there that will work for you, and here are but a few of them. You'll be on your way to lightning-fast keying in no time!

1. Swiftkey

Swiftkey offers suggestions for the next word you may type as well as an improved interface that lets you glide through sentences and diatribes like a seasoned pro. If you're someone who's always having to retread and delete words from your text messages and emails due to your iPhone's refusal to store certain words, Swiftkey is definitely a fantastic solution for you.

Download Swiftkey for Android.

2. TouchPal

Looking for an alternative to Swype? You need TouchPal, the closest thing to the speed demon Swype is for those on the Android operating system. It allows you to zip from letter to letter in the most expedient manner possible, and if you're looking to become the most lightning fast typist this side of the States, TouchPal is an invaluable tool. It can take some getting used to, swiping from letter to letter instead of typing to do so, but once you figure out the system you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Download TouchPal for Android.

3. FlickKey Keyboard

FlickKey Keyboard Notes may look slightly ominous, but don't let its different key arrangement scare you away. It's actually quite handy, with six square buttons adorned with letters on the top row and punctuation on the bottom. You can choose to either tap or swipe, but no matter what you choose the learning curve isn't steep enough that you'll never get the hang of things. Once you memorize letter placement, you'll be writing novels (or just really long text messages) in no time, lightning fast.

Download FlickKey for Android.

4. MessageEase

MessageEase may look totally confusing at first, but it's actually one of the most capable typing apps you can find on the App Store. It's actually designed to take letters you use frequently and put them at the forefront of each button, making them readily available for later use. All the rest of the letters you use can be accessed via special slide. Get acclimated with the sliding motions and become familiar with how you type and which letters you use, and MessageEase will act as a powerful surrogate for the original Android stock keyboard.

Download MessageEase for Android.