Keyboard Annoyances Everywhere?


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Hey guys,

which gesture keyboard do you prefer the most? Are you aware of any, which would not suffer the annoyances listed below?

Google / AOSP keyboard:
Pretty good, although
  • The user has to maintain his personal directory for some not so common languages - so it takes month of typing to "teach" it.
  • One great show-stopper is its "feature" (yes, they call it a feature), that the suggestion bar is not displayed for certain text fields. Namely, this impacts typing in browser's search bar (Firefox and others) and a few other forms. The result is that gestures behave like shooting into the darkness - no way to choose other words, the user has to delete it and type manually. Non-functional behaviour, not a feature.

Swiftkey:
Pretty good, but
  • Requires too many permissions, especially the network access - who would allow its keyboard to "call home"? This is solvable with a firewall, but ...
  • Mixes languages together - I use three langs and as a result, the suggestions become often useless.
  • Automatic space is added after words (in gesture mode). It does delete the space in many situations (like when the next character is a full stop (.), etc.) but not in quite a few others. AOSP keyword behaves better: it adds the space only once the user starts with a new gesture.
  • The dictionary for some languages mixes both accented (correct) and stripped-accents (wrong, from old Nokia days) words.
All in all, AOSP keyboard would be the winner for me, but the hidden suggestions make me crazy so I set off for yet another search for a better one. The internet reviews are pretty much useless, they all say what the apps can do, but do not mention the bad things, which you start to hate after a few months...
 
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Using Swype for a few days and its behaviour seems less annoying. A bit pitty that it does not have cursor keys, that it offers all accented chars instead of a reasonable selection only, but in general it seems like a keyboard I could live with.
 
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Using Swype for a few days and its behaviour seems less annoying. A bit pitty that it does not have cursor keys, that it offers all accented chars instead of a reasonable selection only, but in general it seems like a keyboard I could live with.
You can access the cursor keys by swiping from the "swipe" button to the "number" button.

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I ended up with Multing O Keyboard. It looks a bit weird, but after a few moments, it does pretty much what I want.

It allows for own definition of keyboard layout, does not have any unnecessary permissions (no internet), uses Android built in personal dictionary.