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10 Best Keyboards for Android That Android Users Need To Know

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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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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                      There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                      Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                        What Does Private Browsing Do?

                        When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                        For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                        The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                        The Terminal Archive

                        While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                        Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                        dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                        Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                        Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                        However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                        Clearing Your Tracks

                        Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                        dscacheutil -flushcache

                        As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                        Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                        Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                        If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                        As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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