Last updated: 30 July 2021
There are many keyboard apps, and Gboard and Samsung Keyboard are two of them. 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 (2021).
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.
The official pre-installed keyboard app on many Android models. It has improved a lot in recent months.
In fact, our tests of Gboard and SwiftKey, Gboard outranked SwiftKey in the word prediction test. The app has more than a billion downloads on Google Play with an average user-based rating of 4.5.
Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard
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, GIF, 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.
Samsung keyboard does not come with themes, but it provides a high contrast mode. In this mode, you get a few strong-colour themes that can be helpful in direct sunlight.
Other than that, you can enable or disable the dark theme if your phone’s is using the light theme.
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Gboard, on the contrary, comes with many themes, styles, and backgrounds. The good thing is, you can apply any style and background to any theme.
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 have 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.
For this round of Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard, I did a test. I typed the same sentence in both 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.
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: Shows 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 cursor.
Samsung Keyboard saves self-learned words in the dictionary, which you can delete at any time 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.
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 what 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 changing the languages and even keyboard. The app also provides an input mode for many languages you type in English, and the app automatically translates in your languages (ABC -> your language).
On Samsung Keybaord, swiping left on the spacebar on Samsung Keyboard shows the languages section.
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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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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 GIF 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, styles and want to take more control of keyboard typing.
The Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard article compared the essential features. Please let me know your opinions in the comments below so that we can discuss more.