Who doesn't love to chat? Smartphones would never have sold if WhatsApp never existed. And who could forget the useful emojis? Texting has become a big part of our mobile lives. We connect with friends and family, we read and reply to emails directly from our phones.
But all that jabbing on the screen leaves our fingers aching. Your on-screen keyboards can be replaced by a few nifty ones. We list some of the best, and with good reason too.
Google's Keyboard is first on our list for its simplicity. It fits perfectly to stock Android phones due to its Material Design themes. Finger swipes are accurate and it gradually provides the word suggestions the more you use it.
Available officially for iPhones only, this is the keyboard you need for everything. And we mean EVERYTHING. The swipe gestures, word predictions are all the standard features. But nestled there on the keyboard is a Google on-the-go search button that lets you even share your results directly from the keyboard. Your search strings can also include smileys and GIFs too.
After the success mantra of Swype, SwiftKey was launched on Android platforms (Apple devices only got it after the release of iOS 8). The advantage of having SwiftKey is that you can type both in English and also install various other languages too.
The accuracy keeps getting better as you use the keyboard day-to-day. Linking your accounts too will enable the keyboard to recognize when you are typing the name of a contact.
Many users on Windows Phone loved the keyboard that they used. Microsoft heard that and iPhone users can now get a taste of the best keyboard designed for one-hand use. Titled on an angle the keyboard is just perfect to swipe from end to the other. It includes customizable themses if you want to make it more trendy.
This app is similar to every other swipe keyboard apps. But it has the advantage of a dedicated GIF keyboard. Search for your favorite ones right from the keyboard and send it to your friends with just a click. It is available for both iOS and Android.