Most iOS-like Android Keyboard

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by blairh, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. blairh macrumors 68030

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    I hated the Samsung keyboard. SwiftKey is a big improvement but it doesn't autocorrect well or at all compared to my old iPhone keyboard. Trying Perfect Keyboard now but again, not great at autocorrect.

    Can anyone suggest an Android keyboard that is most like the iPhone keyboard? Every time I use my iPad Mini keyboard I remember how much better I like it compared to any Android keyboard I've used to date. My biggest issue with all these Android keyboards is that none to date can autocorrect well. iOS is a champ in that regard and I really miss it.
     
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  3. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    These all appear to focus on aesthetics versus iPhone keyboard performance.

    Perfect Keyboard is the only one that I've tried that auto inserts apostrophes. This is a must for me. I'm open to more suggestions.
     
  4. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    Jellybean Keyboard Pro. Yes, it's $2.99 and yes, it looks just like the Google keyboard that was released a couple of weeks ago, but the similarities stop there. I've used them all and JKP is, by far, the most responsive keyboard with the best autocorrect I've ever used. You can also easily add words to the built-in dictionary simply by tapping them. It also is VERY good at adding apostrophes (one of the big things for me as well).

    Give the free version a go for a few days and you'll be hooked.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jlsoft.inputmethod.latin.jelly.free&hl=en

    Pro version:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jlsoft.inputmethod.latin.jelly.pro&hl=en
     
  5. hallux macrumors 68020

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    Swype does this and more. Been using Swype for years, love it.
     
  6. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just tried Swype. It is not inserting apostophes. I looked in Settings and see nothing to change this.
     
  7. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    What you need is smart keyboard pro which I believe used to be better keyboard in the past. Cost about $3 for the pro version but you can always give the free trial a run. This is possibly the closest you'll come to an iPhone keyboard in look and feel.
     
  8. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, but autocorrect on iOS is a joke. Ever wonder why people post funny iOS autocorrect stuff on the internet? I hate using any iDevice because the keyboard and the autocorrect feature sucks so bad.

    That said, you do realize that you have a personal dictionary built into Android to assist you? This way, those acronyms like CPU and GPU aren't messed up, or specialty words that you use don't get altered. Of course, a 3rd party API needs to be coded to accept it.

    You may want to look at Kii Keyboard to fit your needs. It also auto inserts apostrophes. :)
     
  9. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    My experience with the iOS keyboard is the opposite. It does an excellent job with autocorrect. Better than any Android keyboard I've yet to try.

    For example none of them can do 'it's'. Seems like a pretty obvious one.

    So far Kii and Jelly Bean appear to be the best for autocorrect.
     
  10. chagla macrumors 6502a

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    not true. i just slide my fingers on ITS, by default it converted to "It's" and suggested: Is, It's and Its

    just tried it using google keyboard (link posted in my previous post).
     
  11. blackhand1001, Jun 25, 2013
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    blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    The stock android keyboard is my favorite. Give it time and get used to how it works. Get used to usingthesuggestion bar. By doing that it learns your style. Don't expect it to work exactly like iOS. While some things work different, in many ways it's better. By the way it put "it's" just fine for me right now. It actually I'd pretty good about knowing which form to use.

    Just tested it now. Didn't touch the apostrophe or the suggestion bar. I just swiped these on the stock jellybean keyboard.

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    It's not what professionals wanted.
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  12. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    You're doing something wrong. I type ITS and the autocorrect gives me a suggestion for IT'S and I hit that and there I go. I don't even have to hit the spacebar, or I can if I want it to insert a period and go to the next sentence.

    This is with the stock keyboard and with any word I begin to type that may have an apostrophe. Even with possessive and plural possessive words.
     
  13. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I don't slide when I type nor do I want to. Typing the letters I-T-S does not spell 'it's' on any Android keyboard I've tried to date. I've now even tried the Google keyboard and that one doesn't do it either.

    It's not a huge deal. Kii, Jelly Bean, and the Android keyboard appear to handle autocorrect and most apostrophed words just fine. Now it's a just a question of which one I like best.

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    I don't want a suggestion. I want it to display 'it's' by default. That's what most autocorrect keyboards do with apostrophes. I type 'D-O-N-T' and it produces 'don't' without me needing to tap a suggested word. I'm also not planning on using any suggestions. I find it much faster and easier to type when I type the words versus tapping on suggested words. I don't remember even seeing suggested words on iOS keyboards.
     
  14. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Under the Kii settings, you can set "Text Shortcuts" to always have "its" turn into "it's". Done.

    Plus you get all the other features that Kii brings.

    I completely disagree with iOS autocorrect being better than the Android keyboards out there (especially Swiftkey), but I won't further comment about it. Just here to help your Android experience.
     
  15. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    I've just tried stock, better keyboard and SwiftKey and the only one that successfully mad its "it's" every time was SwiftKey.

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    As soon as I hit space, it inserted the suggestion of it's.

    I think the problem is that both it's and its are words in the English dictionary. It seems it's having issues getting the context of the correct it's/its.
     
  16. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    That makes sense.
     
  17. strausd macrumors 68030

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    Glad I'm not the only one. When I moved to a Nexus 4 the biggest problem was the keyboard. And I still haven't found anything that autocorrects as well. I use my iPad for taking notes in class and when I type st john, it looks at the context to automatically capitalize the S in St, put a period after St, and then capitalize John. All of which it does after typing john. Same thing with middle ages, it will then capitalize both words based on the context. I haven't found any Android keyboard to do autocorrect as well as iOS.

    I have used mainly Kii and Swiftkey. In my experience, they both take a fair amount of powering through. It won't learn your style, you have to force it in a lot of ways. And in many cases it takes more forces to get it to recognize your style than the iOS keyboard. I have been sticking with Swiftkey as of late because autocorrect on Kii started acting up. But still, haven't found anything that matches iOS autocorrect. And honestly, you likely never will find anything that provides the same autocorrect.
     
  18. cynics macrumors G4

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    Only thing iOS autocorrect does for me is slow me down by changing words like do to so, and love to live, and so on.

    There are times it helps like changing i to I and ill to I'll (not just then but sometimes lol) but more often then not its a hindrance for me. And a word that I do have trouble with I'll still need to use Siri or google because its useless.

    I'm surprised someone would prefer it over swiftkeys but to each their own.
     
  19. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm finding the Google Keyboard and Jelly Bean one to be the closest in terms of look and feel to iOS. They both autocorrect pretty well. Whether they'll match the iOS keyboard remains to be seen. I love using the iOS keyboard on my iPad Mini.
     
  20. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a

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    I tried it myself. Swype and the Google keyboard auto-corrects "its" to "it's" when using gesture typing, but not when touch typing. That is quite interesting. With these keyboards, I always use the gesture typing.

    With SwiftKey, it will change "its" to "it's" if I configure it to auto-complete on space. I normally don't set it to auto-complete with the space bar and prefer to select the word myself.
     
  21. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Selecting words doesn't feel natural to me. I doubt I'll ever go that route.

    I'm happy using the Google and Jelly Bean keyboards for now.
     
  22. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, but I find this to be inaccurate. I miss my iPhone keyboard while using kii or stock keyboardson my Nexus 4 The iPhone has excellent auto correct however it needs swype, that thing on stock keyboard ROCKS!
     
  23. ChrisTX macrumors 68030

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    I feel your pain. None of the Android keyboards are up to par with the iOS keyboard, but the Google keyboard now downloadable in the Play Store is the closest one yet.
     

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