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Customization has by far been of the most prominent reasons why the Android user base continues to expand at an incredulous rate, with over 1.5 billion activated users out there, and a whopping 82 percent market share.
And with over a million devices activated daily, we can only expect this number to increase as time goes on. One of the various ways through which we can customize our devices is by replacing the stock keyboard app that comes with our phones.
While iOS recently allowed users to install 3rd party keyboard apps, Android has had a lot of options from the start and today we are listing the top 10 best keyboards for Android in 2017.
Since a lot of people are also using emojis now, it makes sense to download emoji keyboard apps, which we have also listed below. The whole point of using a 3rd party Android keyboard app is to get more functionality along with cosmetic changes. However, we can’t stress enough on the importance of downloading reputable keyboard apps because they have the ability to log all your keystrokes and essentially have access to all your passwords.
Best Emoji Keyboards for Android 2017 Edition
#1. Fleksy Keyboard + GIF Support
Flesky delivers a large keyboard layout and simple gestures to provide record-breaking typing speeds. By swiping up or down, you can correct words from a list of recommendations while swiping back will delete a word and swiping to the right will add a period.
Fleksy is one of our top recommended keyboards for Android for fans of standard typing rather than swiping because of its efficient system. There’s also a surprisingly capable ‘invisible’ keyboard plugin, which is cool to show off to friends.
If all that is not enough, Flesky is also the only keyboard with GIF support and has several other useful extensions.
Minimum is one of the smallest Android keyboards around and it isn’t your typical QWERTY-style keyboard. Although the positions of the letters are similar, the entire alphabet can appear on the same line if you want them to.
Difficult as that may seem, it’s deceptively simple to use. Although it is quite easy to make mistakes – Minimum is a great keyboard for those who want to be able to see more messages from their conversation on the screen while they type a reply.
There are two versions of the Android keyboard on the Play Store, paid and free, and both come with emoji support.
#3. Google Keyboard
Google has a keyboard and you guessed it, it has a simple and clean interface that is based on their Material design theme with a ton of languages, text-to-speech and gesture typing – it has a lot to offer. You can download this keyboard for Android for free in the Play Store with no in-app purchases.
It’s compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and up, so there’s no good reason not to give Google Keyboard a go.
#4. A.I Type
For a keyboard nicknamed the “smartest, most personalized” keyboard for Android available, A.I Type is a sure deal. It brings with it seemingly endless customization, a feature perfect for android users with more than 800 emojis, as well as support for dozens of languages.
It also has an intelligent dictionary that learns fast and the more you type with it, the better its predictive ability. Finally, the keyboard also supports emojis – perhaps the name isn’t so farfetched.
#5. Touchpal Cute Emoji Keyboard
TouchPal is an Android keyboard heavily focused on emojis/emoji art/smileys/pictures, but it also features over 85 languages, swipe/glide functionality, cloud prediction and contextual prediction.
There is far more to TouchPal than colors and themes; it’s for messaging quickly and comfortably, and should easily make its way onto any best keyboard list. It has a wonderful predictive feature and autocorrect works well too.
SlideIT is another Android keyboard app that is very well currently sitting with over six million downloads, it can compete with keyboards like Swype and SwiftKey in terms of popularity.
Upon all the standard features that keyboards have these days like theming and gesture typing — which it has, one of its more unique features is the ability to half type, half-gesture words.
So instead of typing “enjoyable” you can type “enjoy” then gesture type “able” and it’ll know you mean the same word. It has an okay predictive feature.
SlideIT keyboard enables users to dramatically improve writing speed with practically no learning curve because instead of entering text by tapping on the keyboard letters, SlideIT keyboard eases texting by sliding a finger along the keyboard letters while the words “magically” appear on the screen.
However, the keyboard seems to be losing popularity, either because it isn’t doing good justice to its features compared to other keyboards or it just doesn’t offer a lot of what other free keyboards out there offer, as it is a paid keyboard. Either way, SlideIT is one of the keyboards that revolutionized virtual keyboards hence its place on this list.
#7. Go Keyboard
This list wouldn’t be complete without us making mention of the seemingly almighty Go Keyboard. Go Keyboard offers word correction, suggestions, shortcuts, voice-to-text, swiping to type, support for more than 60 languages and a variety of layouts (QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, numerical and so on) and all this packing more than 10,000 themes with a library growing by the minute.
Head to the Google Play store or the in-app market and you’ll see that there is quite literally, something for everyone in this Android keyboard. As if that is not enough, the app looks great on tablets, too.
Swype is one of the first keyboard apps that made people rethink what a virtual keyboard can do. For ages, you could only get Swype on certain devices, but now it’s available for nearly everyone. Packing a set of themes and language support along with it, Swype allows you to type words by sliding your finger over the letters.
Many Android keyboards have adopted this feature, but Swype is still arguably the best at it, and although it’s 8th on our list, it can do a lot better than a couple of the keyboard apps listed above.
#9. SwiftKey Keyboard
Almost like the Go keyboard, it will be a crime to list top 10 keyboards for Android without mentioning SwiftKey. Easily the most well-known keyboard app on the Google Play Store, SwiftKey has one of the finest typing interfaces available on Android. Like Swype, you can type in the traditional manner or use swiping (or ‘flow’ as SwiftKey calls), and both methods function perfectly.
SwiftKey comes with a variety of size and layout options including a “thumb” mode which creates a space between the left and right half of the keyboard.
SwiftKey is also excellent at managing multiple languages and is one of the only keyboards on which you don’t need to manually swap between them. Just choose the languages you want to use in the settings, and text prediction and special characters will work for all languages automatically.
The app is also clever with top-notch predictions and auto-correct, includes tons of themes and many customization options which make it arguably the best keyboard for Android. Oh, and it’s free!
#10. Hacker’s Keyboard
Last on our list is the interesting but not so popular, Hacker’s Keyboard. Having been around for quite some time due to its consistent small but loyal fanbase, this keyboard has a lot of cool features with one being that it has the ability to set up the keyboard to look like one you would find on any Windows computer which includes things like the function keys, alt, tab, ctrl, etc.
You can resize the keyboard to four rows to make it look like your standard Android keyboard or you can set it independently based on rotation. So if a decent keyboard for portrait mode and a full-sized keyboard for landscape mode is what you’re looking for, Hacker’s Keyboard will do the job.
We hope you like our selection of the best free emoji keyboards for Android. If we missed a great keyboard app and you think we should’ve mentioned it, leave us a comment and tell us about it.