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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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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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