Perhaps probably the most eagerly awaited feature of iOS 8 is third-get together keyboard help. Yes, Android has had this for years earlier than iOS, however now that Apple has blessed iPhone and iPad customers with the function there’s been no scarcity of third-get together keyboards for iOS 8 to hit the market. We’ve gone via the lot of them and picked out a few of the greatest.
SwiftKey has lengthy been a favorite on Android and now it’s come to iOS – and it’s each bit nearly as good. The actual energy of SwiftKey lies in its predictive textual content algorithms, which means it's essential to sort lots much less to get correct phrase predictions. But one other nice function is gesture typing, which lets you insert phrases with only a swipe. Another killer function is that SwiftKey has cloud help so your private dictionaries and settings are made out there throughout all of your units that use SwiftKey keyboards, regardless of in the event that they’re iOS or Android.
Swype (£zero.sixty nine)
Swype is sort of just like SwiftKey. It’s received highly effective phrase prediction algorithms and gesture-based mostly typing. But what I actually love about Swype is its lovely flat look and all of the themes it gives. I assume you’d be exhausting pressed to discover a higher-wanting keyboard. Another big plus is its private dictionary administration instruments. Adding a phrase is so simple as a swipe and eradicating phrases out of your private dictionary is simply as straightforward.
GIF Keyboard (free)
Now we get to the actually enjoyable keyboard. GIF Keyboard – as you could have guessed – lets you insert GIFs proper into the textual content fields in your iPhone. Needless to say this might be fairly pointless in case you are working with phrase processor paperwork, nevertheless it’s enjoyable as hell in messaging apps. The keyboard permits you to search tens of millions of GIFs throughout a number of classes. When you discover one which expresses your temper, ideas, or opinion higher than phrases ever might merely faucet it to insert it into your message.
Minuum (£1.forty nine)
Minuum is a singular third-celebration keyboard that has a function no different keyboard has: a very tiny keyboard. At first this will likely appear, nicely, silly as a result of typing on a daily-sized touchscreen keyboard could be onerous sufficient. But what Minuum truly does is offer you a smaller keyboard with all the advantages of a bigger one. Minuum does work in common measurement, however if you'd like extra room in your display you'll be able to swipe the keyboard right down to shrink it to concerning the width of an index finger. But whereas the keys then look additional small you possibly can simply proceed to sort on the display as you'd if the keyboard have been full measurement. It’s not a keyboard for everybody, however for these that may sort with out wanting on the keyboard and need to see extra of their display Minuum is an superior selection.
Phraseboard is sort of just like the app “Yo”, however with extra choices. The keyboard lets you use pre-set or customized phrases and primarily flip every phrase right into a button. Simply faucet that button to ship off a fast reply or remark to a good friend, reminiscent of “Where are you?” The app additionally lets you type your new phrases into classes for straightforward navigation. Each class will turn out to be a button set that seems on the Phraseboard keyboard when you choose it.
MyScript Stack (free)
Ever want you may simply eliminate keyboard keys altogether and simply write on the display? MyScript Stack does simply that. Instead of any keys you've got a big contact space on the show. Start drawing letters together with your finger one after the opposite and MyScript Stack will start assembling them collectively and supplying you with 4 phrase predictions on the prime of the writing space. Tap one to insert it into the textual content area of no matter app you're utilizing. MyScript Stack isn’t for everybody, however for many who benefit from the bodily act of writing as an alternative of simply tapping on keys might actually take pleasure in this keyboard.
But let's imagine you simply don’t like letters in any respect. That’s the place Keymoji is available in. Keymoji is an emojis-solely predictive keyboard. Start typing in phrases on it and within the predictive textual content bar above the keyboard you’ll see emojis seem for the phrases you're typing as an alternative of textual content phrase predictions. Tap one to insert it. While this keyboard does additionally let you sort in textual content, I suspect it’s not a keyboard for everybody. Fifteen yr-previous women, sure. Business individuals, no.
Fleksy (£zero.sixty nine)
Flesky is a extra conventional third-social gathering keyboard. It gives predictive textual content and over 800 emojis. But in contrast to its closest rivals – SwiftKey and Swype – its gestures are restricted to punctuation and instructions. For somebody like me who doesn’t like dragging his finger from letter to letter throughout the display to spell out a phrase, however DOES like gestures, Flesky is ideal. I can sort my phrases in after which use the keyboard space of the display for its gesture elements to insert extra helpful stuff like areas, durations, punctuations, and even to delete phrases. Because of its restricted – however arguably higher use – of gestures, Flesky is likely one of the quickest keyboards on the market.