There is a long list of good keyboards available for the Android system starting with the stock Google keyboard. But if you are fancy to try something more unique then you’ve got lesser choice. We have tested a number of keyboard alternatives for the Android and prepared this roundup of seven uncommon keyboards that will help you get the job done in a less ordinary way.

8Pen

  • Application: 8Pen
  • Developer: 8Pen Ltd
  • Reviewed version: 2.7.0
  • Price: $0.99

The 8Pen is one of the oldest keyboards available for Android that was introduced back in November 2010. Although the keyboard looks sophisticated it is actually pretty intuitive to use. 8pen is optimized for entering whole words, rather than just a sequence of letters. Start by placing your finger into the circle in the middle. Then move your finger to the sector that contains the letter. Turn clockwise or counterclockwise, depending to the side on which the letter is placed. Finally, cross 1 to 4 branches, according to the order of the letter on the boundary, and return to the center to place it.

8Pen Screenshot

8Pen Screenshot


Dynamic Keyboard

Dynamic Keyboard is the first of its kind adaptive keyboard that uses word prediction and letter frequency to adjust the size of the keys as you type.

As Alastair Breeze, the author of the Dynamic Keyboard explains, “rather than being obtrusive and ugly like predictive typing, this keyboard aids your current method of typing to increase accuracy without wasting screen space. For example if you press the ‘h’ key, the ‘e’,’o’,’u’,’i’ and ‘y’ keys expand as commonly the ‘h’ key would be followed by these letters. When they grow, they are now more likely to be triggered, and keys like ‘z’ etc stay small as they are unlikely to be needed.”

Dynamic Keyboard Screenshot

Dynamic Keyboard Screenshot


Fleksy Keyboard

Fleksy is a keyboard replacement that does a very good job at correcting your typing mistakes. In fact, when typing a word you don’t have to get a single character correct, still Fleksy’s auto-correct feature will do the work for you. Such a level of prediction even allowed Fleksy developers to create completely invisible keyboard. You just tap on the screen at the approximate direction of the needed key and the application will easily convert something like ‘jwtviasf’ to ‘keyboard’.

Fleksy is distriburted as a one month free trial version, after that a one time $3.99 in-app purchase will unlock the keyboard.

Fleksy Keyboard Screenshot

Fleksy Keyboard Screenshot


KeyZag Keyboard

KeyZag Keyboard was designed for people who are frustrated with tiny keys of a screen keyboard. While maintaining the familiar QWERTY layout KeyZag provides unique zigzag arrangements of symbols. Large buttons of the keyboard are suitable for people with large fingers, kids or people with low vision. Advanced method of input recognition adjusts sensitivity of individual keys and reduces number of typos. KeyZag supports swipe gestures for simple controls, symbols and capital letters without switching layouts.

KeyZag Keyboard Screenshot

KeyZag Keyboard Screenshot


MessagEase Keyboard

MessagEase is another very different keyboard that utilizes idea that some letters are used much often than others. The keyboard has 9 large keys for the most common letters (A, N, I, H, O, R, T, E, and S). You simply tap those letters to type them. To access less-used letters find the square the letter is in, tap it and slide your finger in the direction of the needed letter. The sliding trail will appear for your assistance.

To make things even simpler MessagEasy gives you quick access to commonly used functions, such as copy, paste, select all, delete word. And last but not least, you can customize shape and color of the keyboard in various ways to suit your needs.

MessagEase Keyboard Screenshot

MessagEase Keyboard Screenshot


Minuum Keyboard

Minuum is a tiny keyboard designed to occupy as little space on screen as possible. The keyboard features special auto-correction algorithm that allows highly imprecise typing. Minuum is simply a chain of letters, laid out in a row, that follow the QWERTY standard. Key magnification tool will help you when you need to type letters, numbers or punctuation more precisely. And when you need standard sized keyboard, just tap and hold Minuum with two fingers and the application will show it up it for you.

Minuum Keyboard Screenshot

Minuum Keyboard Screenshot


MyScript Stylus (Beta)

MyScript Stylus is a keyboard replacement application that is designed for stylus or finger-based input devices. It uses handwriting recognition technology that converts your input to text in real-time. The application support intuitive gestures for deleting characters and words, inserting spaces or line breas, joining words. The application support 54 languages, including non-latin such as Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew. MyScript Stylus is currently in beta testing and is offered for free, so do not miss a chance to try it for this unbeatable price.

MyScript Stylus Screenshot

MyScript Stylus Screenshot


There are 3 comments

  • KeyZag has a new version 1.2.1
    What’s new?
    – Resizable float keyboard
    – Dock/Undock modes
    – Full emoticon support
    – Default portrait/landscape layouts
    – Transparency
    – Latin, Cyrillic, Hindi alphabets

  • Em fernandez says:

    Messagease wasnt metioned that it has been around even before android (pda’s). and i have tried 8pen, and two others from your list. messagease still is on my top list but predictable text still needs work though but when youre typing faster than everyone else its still the best.

  • Jj says:

    Letting you guys know 8pen is no longer supported on Android. The dev has not touched it since about 2013 and days it’s too much work to go back to it because he no longer had the original files.
    It sucks I’ve used it for 4yrs now and all other keyboards make me want to shoot my phone and stomp on the pieces

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