Typing is a part of our life. With new social media and notepad apps, people are typing more and more. Two apps from two major brands are SwiftKey and Gboard.
SwiftKey is experienced, but Gboard comes with Google’s machine learning. So, do both compare in 2021? The article does an in-depth review and covers SwiftKey vs. Gboard.
Gboard has the power of Google, making it a fast app to type and insert passwords on websites. SwiftKey offers more customizations, but it’s not integrated with Android as much as Gboard.
- The clipboard is more advanced than Gboard’s.
- 4 different types of keypress sounds.
- The keyboard size option is more flexible.
- The app records typing stats.
- You get over 100 themes.
- Swiftkey is integrated with Microsoft To Do to create and complete tasks.
- The top emoji row makes it easier to pick your favorite emojis.
- The app can be integrated with the Bitmoji app.
- You get on-screen options, including cut, copy, and select.
- You can search for emojis, GIFs, and stickers altogether.
- The app can take and insert passwords from your Google account. Of course, Chrome does that job while browsing, but while sign-in apps, Gboard handles the stick.
The definition of word prediction is predicting a word that suits the typed word or sentence. From past data to the language, a keyboard must figure out what would be the next word.
Compared to Gboard, SwiftKey remembers the typed words quickly, and the next time you type, you see the suggestions. SwiftKey also predicts and suggests the numbers.
Gboard, on the contrary, checks how often you type the exact words. If very often, then it remembers; otherwise, it doesn’t. For my address, I had to type many times before Gboard started advising the street name. Gboard does not suggest numbers.
Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 1 | Gboard: 1
Flow typing test
SwiftKey’s flow typing and Gboard’s glide typing are the same things. The accuracy of both can be measured with a test. To make it a fair test, I deleted the personal dictionary and learned words. Here is the sentence I typed in both:
If you are going to the market, can you please buy some pomegranate? Also, some cheese and butter.
According to the results (video), both are accurate when you type the correct spelling, but Gboard uses deeper AI learning and types the correct word when it is wrong.
Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 2 | Gboard: 2
For this test, I have typed a sentence with at least one error. The test will see how both can correct the words. The sentence we are testing is:
If I purchase this app, will my phone work faster? Are there any alternatives?
SwiftKey misspelled the word “app” and typed “all.” Gboard, on the other hand, was entirely accurate. This round goes to Gboard.
Winner: Gboard | Score: Gboard: 3
Gboard used to come with Google support, whereas SwiftKey with Bing support, but both companies have removed the option.
Related: SwiftKey vs. Samsung Keyboard
Microsoft SwiftKey comes with a store where users can download over 100 themes. The store has lots of great themes. You can add a background image, enable/disable borders, and add or remove the number row.
Gboard, on the other hand, comes with an editor to create your own themes. The benefit Gboard has is mixing backgrounds with styles giving you many customization options.
Regarding the button positions, the size for each button and the distance in Gboard are more extensive than in SwiftKey, which helps small screen devices.
Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 3 | Gboard: 4
Both support over 500 languages. Last year, SwiftKey added many new languages. The app also allows typing in five languages at the same time. You can swipe the spacebar to move through languages.
Gboard also allows typing in multiple languages. Both keyboards support different input types for so many languages. Depending on the language, one might support more input modes than the other.
Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 4 | Gboard: 5
Accents and special characters
Adding accents and special characters in the SwiftKey vs. Gboard review was essential. Regarding showing hidden accents when you hold a key, SwiftKey does a better job. The option is disabled in the settings, but it shows other accents and special characters when you press and hold a key.
SwiftKey shows four special characters while holding the period “.” key. Gboard shows more than fifteen special characters.
Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 5 | Gboard: 6
Emoji, GIFs, and stickers
Both offer emojis, GIFs, and stickers. SwiftKey suggests emojis as you type, whereas Gboard offers an emoji search tool. The app also suggests the emoji while typing, but it’s not consistent.
With stickers in SwiftKey, you can create collections and save them later. The app also has a basic image editor to add stickers to images before sharing.
Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 6 | Gboard: 7
Related: Samsung Keyboard vs. Gboard
The final round of SwiftKey vs. Gboard is about the translation. Gboard uses Google Translate, while Bing powers SwiftKey. Gboard supports 108 languages, and SwiftKey supports 79 languages. SwiftKey can work with Microsoft Translator to translate the text offline.
Winner: Tie | Score: SwiftKey: 7 | Gboard: 8
SwiftKey or Gboard
Gboard won the battle of this Swiftkey vs. Gboard comparison. But, it depends on the user. Both are fine, and if you want a keyboard app that works, Gboard is for you, whereas if you want more customization features, SwiftKey is the one you need.
Here is the end of the SwiftKey vs. Gboard blog post. When I first wrote this post, SwiftKey was the winner, and now it’s a tie. Considering the significant rounds, most of the features are the same.
The main difference comes in those little elements which can change a user’s mind. Anyway, thanks for reading.
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