Text expansion saves time. It's really that simple. Rather than typing out a lengthy word over and over, like a regularly visited URL or an embarrassingly long middle name, save it as a text expansion so that pressing a few pre-determined characters will insert that word instead. Google's keyboard comes with this functionality available out of the box, as do some alternative third-party keyboards, but this requires commitment to one of these options.
Anyone looking for the freedom to use a keyboard without the feature, or the ability to leap around between them, can now consider the EverClip clipboard manager. This app comes from the developer of gReader, and it recently received an update adding in support for text expansion. Now users can type in abbreviations in any keyboard and have EverClip take care of the rest.
EverClip does its job by utilizing accessibility settings. Initially the feature didn't work on the Nexus 5, but the developer fixed this within a day of our reporting the problem to him. It still has issues with webviews, text fields in webpages viewed inside a browser, but the developer may have a fix for this coming along as well.
This new feature aside, EverClip remains a clipboard manager. It automatically stores text copied to a device's clipboard, and it features a number of actions for users to perform on this text (search, share, translate, email, call or open in browser). It also supports clipping websites and sharing them with other apps, such as Evernote. The app presents each item in an accessible, attractive list. Check out this lengthy video introduction to a get a feel for things.
For more information, the developer's provided this introduction and a getting started guide. The app is available for free, but it comes with ads and only supports saving five clipboard items by default. Jumping to premium will remove those hindrances and enable notebooks and tags for $2.59.