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About two years ago, we asked you the same question we're asking today. But two years ago is a long, long time in Android terms. A lot has changed in that time, and there are substantially more software keyboards to choose from (respectable ones, at least) than there were then. At least, I think so.

SwiftKey is likely still the most popular third-party keyboard on Android, that much we can probably assume, but I have to wonder: how much headway have Google, Swype, GO, Fleksy, and others made in the last two years? I've compiled a list of popular keyboards on the Play Store, some of which you may not have heard of, but do have a high number of downloads. The list is a bit long, but when it comes to something like a keyboard app, there are a lot of alternative choices out there.

As a note, if your device's stock keyboard is the Google keyboard, choose Google Keyboard, not "stock OEM keyboard," as Google actually publishes the Google Keyboard as an app on the Play Store. (And yes, the "L" keyboard in any form is the Google Keyboard for the purposes of this poll.) Finally, if you don't have a phone, only a tablet, just choose the keyboard you use on your tablet. If you use more than one keyboard, choose the one you use the most. Otherwise, this should be self-explanatory! If you think a particular keyboard should be added to the list, suggest it in the comments, and I'll consider putting in the poll. Otherwise, happy voting.

What software keyboard are you primarily using on your Android phone?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • steelew

    Ultra keyboard

  • RTWright

    I use SwiftKey and I don't understand all this 'Lag' comments here, because I have a Galaxy S3, which by standards is already out of date. I'm running the latest Stock Android on it, absolutely NO lag at all, ever! As for Google's? I tried it, don't like how it's set up, don't like it's options vs SwiftKey, quite frankly anything Google puts out lately I'm starting to dislike. They do too much halfassing everything. They know what the competition is out there, yet they don't do anything to compete. They rely completely on the Google Lemmings that think everything they do is GREAT and Google is GOD! Bleh!

  • Jose

    Messagease.

  • http://twitter.com/jcunwired Jody Carbone

    I use only Google keyboard on my devices. I'm not at all comfortable with required permissions on any of them. Google already knows everything there is to know, making them the least risky of all evils.

  • Jerry D. Nelson Jr.

    I have been using SwiftKey keyboard for a little over a year now very functional and very accurate

  • Damen

    Swype and Google KB for me, Swype has the best swiping keyboard, fast and predictions for me are dead on. Unfortunately it lacks two finger typing speed, that's where Google KB comes in. My biggest pet peeve with Google KB is colour customization, honestly, hard hard is this to add as a feature. Google design team, black numbers on a dark grey keyboard button in small point size????? Really, I can barely make out the numbers, I can't believe no one has mentioned this. Please Please Please either give us a colour customize option or at the very least change the number colour on the top row to anything BUT black or dark colours, I'll take white or yellow or flo green or orange.. anything!

  • F Young

    I use Swifkey because it has the option of having cursor arrows, which is essential for editing anything precisely. I have not noticed any lag.

  • PopeTackler

    I like to swipe on my phone and so far Swiftkey has proven to be a bit hit and miss for that. Swype is built around swiping and does a great job what with the shortcuts (swipe from key to space for easy punctuation, etc) but it will frequently have a brain fart if I'm not 100% accurate in my swiping.

    So far Google Keyboard (currently using L release) is great for me.

  • Pooka-kun

    I can't get to swipe and make sentences just by swiping. I feel most of the time that its inaccurate. Also my stock Samsung keyboard can't let me decide the time I can hold the key in order to bring up the second key function, and it sometimes feels small.

    Google Keyboard is excellence, except I didn't get to try the L-style skin because of how its borderless.

  • Jimmy James

    I am surprised more don't use A.I. Type keyboard. It is just like SwiftKey, but has a resizable keyboard.

  • MPGrady

    I've used SwiftKey for years and am increasingly disappointed with it. The American English dictionary is anemic, cursor placement for editing jumps to the wrong end of the word, foreign characters get inserted if you linger a nanosecond too long on a key.
    Plus, they're wasting efforts on "predictive emoji" for the child-like set. Jeez.

  • https://sites.google.com/site/livingroomhush/ Alessandro L

    Sammy keyboard, numbers in first function and integrated clipboard for productivity. Others just for tryin'.