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Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard (2022)

Samsung Keyboard vs Gboard
Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard

There are many keyboard apps, and Gboard and Samsung Keyboard are two. Samsung Keyboard is limited to Samsung devices, while Gboard is available for most Android and iPhone devices. How do both differ, and which one is for you? The article covers Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard.

Samsung Keyboard

The official pre-installed keyboard for Samsung devices is fast and trusted worldwide. On every new phone release from Samsung, we see many new features in the keyboard app. The app is not available on Google Play, but some websites offer the APK version to install.

Gboard

The official pre-installed keyboard app on many Android models. It has improved a lot in recent months.

In fact, in our tests of Gboard and SwiftKey, Gboard outranked SwiftKey in the word prediction test. The app has over a billion downloads on Google Play, with an average user-based rating of 4.5.

Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard

Interface

Both come with a row that has almost the same functionalities. The row shows suggestions as we type, whereas you can also find some keyboard options to help you type faster.

Samsung keyboard provides emojis, stickers, GIFs, voice, settings, and a menu to add more options and reorder the row.

Gboard, on the contrary, offers the Google icon, stickers, GIF, clipboard, keyboard settings, and a menu to change keyboard settings and modify the row. Browsing the internet is possible with G-Icon.

Themes

Samsung Keyboard vs Gboard - Themes
Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard – Themes

Samsung keyboard does not come with themes, but it provides a high contrast mode. In this mode, you get a few strong-color themes that can be helpful in direct sunlight.

You can also enable or disable the dark theme if your phone is using the light theme.

Gboard, on the contrary, comes with some colors, gradients, and backgrounds. With those options, you can create your custom Gboard theme.

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Word prediction

Both use different algorithms to predict the next word. Samsung Keyboard remembers words quickly. If you type a word a few times, you most likely see that word when you type similar words or phrases.

Gboard is a bit different. It does not remember everything quickly. You need to input the same words or phrases many times before the app can suggest.

I had to type my home address many times before it started suggesting the street name and town. Gboard’s next word prediction is more accurate than the Samsung Keyboard.

Auto-correction

For this round of Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard, I did a test. I typed the same sentence to see which one corrects more words. I deleted the personal dictionary and learned words to make it a fair comparison.

Here is the piece of text typed in both. I’ll be making a mistake in each keyword to see if the app can correct it.

Hi, I was thinking about going to supermarket. Would you like me to buy pomegranate?

Result: From this video, we can see that both do a good job. Gboard was a little bit more accurate than Samsung KEyboard.

Flow typing

The next section is about flow typing. Let’s type a sentence in both. Here is what I’m going to type.

Hi, my name is John. I live in Australia, and I love it. The only thing I don’t like is the weather. In my city, it keeps changing.

Result: Again, to find a better app, we will go to the video and see it ourselves. Both did a good job, but Gboard was more accurate.

Samsung Keyboard allows using keyboard keys to move around the highlighter in the message instead of flow-typing.

Gboard, on the other hand, only offers a Glide (flow typing) feature. The app also comes with a few flow typing related options:

  • Gesture trail: Show or hide the gesture trail.
  • Gesture delete: Slide left on the delete keys to delete words.
  • Gesture cursor control: Slide across the space bar to move the cursor.

Dictionary

Samsung Keyboard saves self-learned words in the dictionary, which you can delete in the “Reset to default settings” menu.

The app learns words on itself which are saved in learned words, while you can save words manually in your personal dictionary. This gives you control over what to delete and what to keep.

The shortcuts can be used to type words if you type the acronym. When you type the acronym, the word(s) are visible in the suggestion row. Take a look at this photo to get an idea.

Languages

All languages

Samsung Keyboards supports 87 languages (counted manually in the settings). Gboard, on the other hand, comes with over 500 languages. Both offer multiple input types, but Gboard comes with more than the Samsung Keyboard offers.

For example, Samsung Keyboard comes with QWERTY and 3×4 for English US and AU, whereas, on Gboard, you have QWERTY, QWERTZ, PC, Handwriting, and a few more.

Both offer to type in multiple languages. On Gboard, holding on to the space keys allows for changing the languages and even the keyboard.

The app also provides an input mode for many languages you type in English, and the app automatically translates into your languages (ABC -> your language).

On Samsung Keybaord, swiping left on the spacebar on Samsung Keyboard shows the languages section.

Related: Google Messages vs. Samsung Messages

Role of internet

The role of the internet is limited to Gboard as Samsung Keyboard does not support internet functionalities. Gboard used to come with a G Icon to browse the internet, but that is no longer available.

Translation

Screenshot of Gboard showing Translation
Translation on Gboard

Gboard comes with the feature of translation. The app uses Google Translate to convert the text. It supports over 70 languages, and it works by typing in the selected language, and the app translates and types in the target language.

Other features

Let’s see some of the little things which might make a difference. Some of the below features are based on personal experience and might not be fully relevant to each user.

Samsung Keyboard

  • Custom symbols: Allows adding custom symbols in the period menu.
  • Clipboard: Comes with an image and text clipboard.
  • Bitmoji and Mojitok: Supports Bitmoji and mojitok stickers suggestions.

Gboard

  • Incognito mode: Automatically enables the incognito mode in the browser’s private mode.
  • More emojis: 9 categories of emojis
  • Combined search: Comes with a search option to search for emojis, stickers, and GIFs altogether.

Which one is for you?

Samsung Keyboard brings the simplicity of a mobile keyboard. It is perfect for people who want the job done. Gboard is more for tech-savvy people who like to change themes and styles and control keyboard typing.

Wrap up

The Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard article compared the essential features. Please let me know your opinions in the comments below to discuss more.

Aditya Mohapatra

Tuesday 17th of May 2022

Gboard is the worst keyboard to exist. Any keyboard is better than Gboard. So Samsung Keyboard wins.

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Tuesday 17th of May 2022

Any particular reason you are saying that?

Sylvie Girouard

Saturday 9th of October 2021

J'aimerais qu'on me dise quoi,faire avec ma tablette Samsung...comme vous le,constater..il s'inscrit des virgules partout...sans que ce soit moi,qui les,tapent...au,secours ! !

Merci!

Translation: I would like someone to tell me what to do with my Samsung tablet ... as you can see ... commas are written everywhere ... without me, who type them, type ... at, help! !

Thank you!

Joetha

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Thanks so much! You had all the information I asked about.

Madhsudhan

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Thanks for the feedback :)

احمد

Thursday 26th of August 2021

I prefer the Samsung keyboard to Google just because of the cursor control.

shayman

Monday 30th of August 2021

there is cursor control on gboard now. Find it in the settings

auareldo

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

The Samsung keyboard is TERRIBLE! It suggests MISSPELLED words as spelling corrections while you type. Every incorrectly spelled word that you typed is saved to the memory and suggested back later as a spelling suggestion. If you spell a word CORRECTLY, it underlines it and wants to change it to the INCORRECT spelling. Who can deal with something SO STUPID!

The Google keyboard doesn't do that, so it's the only usable one.