Being an Android user is fun because you get to modify your device exactly the way you want. People now make versatile use of an Android device which even includes typing full documents on a device. That could be done on smartphones with bigger displays or on a tablet – but the core tool you need is a keyboard that lets you move your fingers above the buttons really fast.
A smart device isn’t only smart by looks but also by its function as well. Android’s software keyboards are way cooler than its counterpart iOS, and there are plety of them to choose from.
Since the keyboards we are talking about are apps but not hardware keyboards; they need to have certain level of intelligence. Making mistakes on a keyboard with real tactile feel would be very common so you need a keyboard that can adopt your style of writing and correct the mistakes on its own. Two keyboards are on close competition on all these criteria – the SwiftKey keyboard, and the Google Keyboard.
It’s been long SwiftKey is around for the Android users. I had experienced phrase prediction first time with SwiftKey keyboard and they have pretty much kept developing their prediction. At one phase, you might even get confused “can SwiftKey read my mind?”
Well, sort of. SwiftKey judges every key hit you make while you browse websites, chat with your friends or write down text files. SwiftKey knows when you type a foreign word and it would simply store that word into its database for later predictions. You may also check if your language is available in SwiftKey keyboard.
SwiftKey Flow features lets you swipe-type like the Google Keyboard. You can take your finger over the alphabets that build up the word you are looking for and you should be presented with few predictions. Just like old-school T9 used to work.
Google’s keyboard has been there ever since Android was released – in the form of the stock keyboard. That’s pretty good and the latest version features gesture typing as well – another name for the Flow feature on SwiftKey. The accuracy for gesture typing is almost cent per cent, you would surely be impressed. If you don’t want to trust any other developer with your secret information, you can rely on Google Keyboard as they won’t steal your information.
However, the major drawback is foreign languages don’t get stored into the dictionary database unlike SwiftKey.
If you are a native English speaker then both works out for you. For non-native speakers though, you would surely prefer a word prediction database in your own language. SwiftKey is preferred in such case.