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10 Best Keyboards for Android That Android Users Need To Know

10 Best Keyboards for Android That Android Users Need To Know

The stock keyboard that comes by default with your Android device is never sufficient. One of the greatest advantages of being an Android user is the availability of third-party solutions. There are several Android keyboard apps available, varying in functionality to meet your typing style. You can easily swap your stock keyboard to a perfect Android keyboard that is easy and convenient for you. The task of choosing the right keyboard is never easy and hence we are discussing ten Android keyboard options that will help you make the right choice.

1. Swype

Swype is one of the oldest gesture-typing keyboards and has perfected its swipe-to-type engine. Several OEMs have included Swype in their devices but for those who don’t have it, you can now download it from Google Play Store. The predictive text engine offered by Swype is nearly accurate. It offers a smooth and a friendly interface that is convenient for typing. Swype includes dictionaries, great speech recognition and easy language switching. It is fast, flexible and provides extensive hotkeys.

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    2. Smart Keyboard PRO

    Smart Keyboard PRO is a great competitor to other Android keyboard apps in the market. It is a multi-touch keyboard with support for many languages. It offers several customization options and skin themes. Users can customize the settings to suit their style and need. It also offers a smart dictionary, T9 and compact mode, custom Auto-text and prediction features which make it one of the coolest keyboard apps.

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      3. SwiftKey

      SwiftKey is a great all-in-one keyboard app that provides excellent features. The predictive text functionality of SwiftKey is considered one of the best in the league of Android keyboards. It supports multiple layouts and keyboard sizes which is ideally suited for any tablet device. It is one of the best trace keyboards. It also supports gesture typing which makes it convenient to type. Overall, SwiftKey is popular among Android users and is worth a try.

        4. Fleksy

        Fleksy is an innovative keyboard that uses the traditional QWERTY layout. It has a powerful text predictive engine that is pending for patent approval. It provides an auto correct engine which ensures you are typing the right text even when you are looking away. Fleksy’s latest version has been re-designed to add new themes and supports new languages. The interface is simple offering an effective typing experience. With its revolutionary technology, Fleksy is an awesome keyboard app for your android device.

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          5. Google Keyboard

          Google Keyboard is the stock keyboard that comes with the Nexus device. It is also available on Google Play Store and offers several features which make it a good choice as an alternative keyboard. It provides gesture typing, Flow/Swype style dragging to type. It provides support for emoji and a toggle button to switch back to the keyboard. It is a simple keyboard with basic features that will meet your typing needs.

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            6. Kii Keyboard

            Kii keyboard is a robust keyboard which packages the best features of any Android keyboard app. It renders accurate keyboard predictions which make typing easy. It provides support for multiple keyboard layouts. Hence, you don’t have to worry if the keyboard would suit your android device. You can choose a layout that best fits your device, customize themes and enjoy typing. It supports gesture typing and split keyboard layouts. It is a true multi-touch keyboard that will never let you down.

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              7. Minuum Keyboard

              Minuum features a proprietary keyboard setup different from the conventional QWERTY layout. Initially, you may find it a bit difficult to get accustomed to the layout but once you get used to it, you will be able to experience fast typing. It is extremely flexible and provides a rich set of features. Text prediction is its strength and it relies heavily on its prediction engine to offer a swift typing experience.

                8. Go Keyboard

                Go Keyboard is one of the coolest Android keyboard apps. The app aims to make typing a fun experience with its colorful themes and support for skins. It provides predictive texting support for multiple languages. It features auto-memory and correct as you type options. Typing using a Go Keyboard is easy and comfortable. Some users are put off by the various color themes but the app provides great typing features which is hard to ignore. The app is available for free on Google Play Store.

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                  9. TouchPal X Keyboard

                  The sentence gesture technology of TouchPal X keyboard has made it one of the most sought after Android keyboard apps. The accuracy of word gesture and sentence gesture features has made this app a great competitor in the market. The contextual prediction support offered by this app even saves up to 90% of your key strokes. It is an intelligent app that continuously learns from your input and provides personalized output suggestions. Voice- to-text support is also provided. The layout is simple and elegant which makes typing a joyful experience. You will be able to type faster than usual with this layout.

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                    10. SlideIT Keyboard

                    SlideIT offers a unique typing experience. You can input text by sliding your fingers along the keyboard. It provides predictive sliding feature that completes your words before you slide along the letters completely. It offers an intuitive user interface that allows sliding, tapping and accessing shortcuts. There are several themes available for download so users can always pick a theme that matches their preference. It is a lightweight application that saves battery power consumption.

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                      Published on September 20, 2018

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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