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SwiftKey vs Gboard | Which One is the Ultimate Choice in 2019?

SwiftKey vs Gboard
SwiftKey vs Gboard

Google has developed over 70 apps for Android. One of them is Gboard, also called Google Keyboard. Many companies are dominating certain areas of Android. I have been using SwiftKey and Gboard for over eight months, and if anyone asks me the difference between SwiftKey and Gboard, I can explain without any hesitation. From my experience here is the ultimate SwiftKey vs Gboard blog post.

SwiftKey vs Gboard

Table of contents

  1. Word prediction
  2. Search
  3. Themes
  4. Languages
  5. Accents and special characters
  6. Emoji and GIF
  7. Translation
  8. Other features

Word prediction

The definition of word prediction is predicting a word which suits the written sentence. From past data to the language, a keyboard must figure out what would be the next word.

Compared to Gboard, SwiftKey memories the typed words quickly, and the next time you type you’ll get the word suggestion quicker. Gboard checks how often you are typing those exact words. If very often then it memorises, otherwise it doesn’t. For my address, I had to type at least once every day for many days before Gboard started suggesting the street name. Another difference in prediction is SwiftKey supports numbers prediction as well.
Score: SwiftKey: 0 | Gboard: 0. Reviews: Both keyboards are adapted with AI to make your typing a bit easier.

Search Engine

Browsing is a big thing now. You need internet to search all the time. Gboard comes with a built-in Google search button. You can search for anything you want and send the information in messages. SwiftKey comes with Bing search, but you can change the search engine to Google.

There is a difference in how both keyboards search the web. Gboard replaces the keyboard with the web results and shows the results in a way which is easily shareable in messages. SwiftKey opens up a window which occupies about 75% of the screen. SwiftKey shows the same webpage as you would in a browser.

Themes

SwiftKey vs Gboard - Layout and Themes
SwiftKey vs Gboard – Layout and Themes

SwiftKey comes with a store where users can download over 300 themes for free. You have options to add background images, enable or disable borders, and add or remove the number line.

Gboard, on the other hand, comes with a few themes, background images and styles. A unique thing about Gboard is it offers a highly customisable store where you can add styles and background images to any theme. The size for each button and the distance in Gboard is more extensive than in SwiftKey, which is helpful on small screen phones.
Score: SwiftKey: 0 | Gboard: 0. Reviews: Both have the same features with some customisation differences.

Languages

Both support over 500 languages. Yes, that’s right, over 500 languages. SwiftKey allows you to type in five languages at the same time. You can swipe the space bar to move through the languages. Gboard also allows to type in multiple languages. Both keyboards support different input types depending on the language such as QWERTY, QWERTZ, PC etc. For my language, Gboard has a feature in which you can type in English and the keyboard converts in my language.
Score: SwiftKey: 0 | Gboard: 0. Reviews: This round is also a tie.

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Accents and special characters

SwiftKey and Gboard - Accents and Special Characters
SwiftKey and Gboard – Accents and Special Characters

Adding accents and special characters in SwiftKey vs Gboard review was essential because there is a difference in how both work. 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 hold a key. Gboard only shows one character expect while holding full stop (.) key in which we find more options than in SwiftKey.
Score: SwiftKey: 0 | Gboard: 0. Reviews: The comparison is really a tough one. We don’t have a winner yet.

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Emoji and GIF

Both come with a wide range of emojis and GIFs supported by GIPHY. Both have a counter emoji tool. SwiftKey suggests emojis as you type, while Gboard comes with an emoji search tool. Gboard also suggests the emoji while typing, but it’s not consistent.

Swiping the space bar from right to left opens Emoji, GIF, and Stickers menu in Gboard. Both apps come with eight categorised emojis sections and different stickers. With stickers in SwiftKey, you can create collections and save to use later. SwiftKey also comes with a basic image editor in which you can add stickers to images.
Score: SwiftKey: 0 | Gboard: 0. Reviews: This round is a tie.



Translation

SwiftKey vs Gboard - Translation
SwiftKey vs Gboard – Translation

Regarding the translation, both do a good job. Gboard uses Google Translation while Bing powers SwiftKey. Both translate the test very well and support over 70 languages. SwiftKey can work with Microsoft Translator to translate the text even when the phone is offline.

Score: SwiftKey: 1 | Gboard: 0. Reviews: We finally have a difference in scores. SwiftKey offers offline translation while Gboard does not.

Other features comparison

SwiftKey

  1. Typing stats are available to record your typing habits. SwiftKey: 2.
  2. You can quickly send the current location in a message after tapping the location button. SwiftKey: 3.
  3. The app comes with a customizer row where the user can select emojis, GIF, settings, location, clipboard, calendar, translation etc. SwiftKey: 4.

Gboard

  1. Gboard highlights the wrong spelled words. Gboard: 1.
  2. The app has an option for an on-screen copy, cut, paste, and select tools. The feature is available in the G icon settings. Gboard: 2.
  3. Gboard suggestions bar can translate emojis into stickers and GIFs. Gboard: 3.

Common

  1. You can change the keyboard size.
  2. Both offer incognito mode and both turn on the mode automatically in browsers’ incognito mode.
  3. Both support the floating keyboard feature.

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In conclusion

Here is the end of SwiftKey vs Gboard post. When I first wrote this post, the points difference was much further, and now the scores are SwiftKey: 4 and Gboard: 3.

The above difference is because of little things in SwiftKey. Technically, the battle is a tie, because most of the major rounds were a tie. Anyway, thanks for having a read. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below so we can discuss more. By the way, you can also check the comparison video here.

Image information: The images used in this comparison are the screenshots of the app. The copyright owner for these images is most likely the owner of the app.

By Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Hello, my name is Madhsudhan Madh-sudhan). I'm a Software Engineer, graduated from UniSA, Adelaide. I'm the owner, author, and maintainer of this post and the site. Please contact me if you have any questions or feedback.

8 replies on “SwiftKey vs Gboard | Which One is the Ultimate Choice in 2019?”

I find this review confusing especially the points made about word prediction. I’ve always used Swiftkey though for some odd reason, their data storage for users isn’t functioning like it used to especially if you have to reinstall the app. Regardless, you state SK remembers words and numbers immediately, while Gboard has to have them entered several times before it uses them for predictions..this in itself is a big advantage for SK.

I’m sorry if the article looks confusing to you. Thanks for pointing out the SwiftKey’s features. I’ll update the article and make it easier to read. Thanks

Dear MK, I have used Swiftkey for many years, it’s a wonderful keyboard. I am not sure if you know that the BIG PROBLEM with Swiftkey that I have as well as many users all over the world are mentioning in hundreds of post is that Swiftkey DOESN’T SYNC the predictions, words, expressions, themes, all historical data, etc even if you login with the registered account. Each time when you change your mobile or reinstall the app you LOSE EVERYTHING that you saved in years of work. Also, there is no answer from Swiftkey support, I tried many times and they ignore the users. Due to that, I am moving to Gboard. I agree with you that regarding showing hidden accents when you hold a key, SwiftKey does a better job. And also I prefer Swiftkey when deleting fast entire words than character by character in Gboard. I will miss the Cobalt theme from Swiftkey. The Swiftkey terrible support is unfortunate. Gboard could improve the keyboard if reduce the “space” key and add “@” and “.com” as Samsung keyboard does.

Hi Will. Thanks for the feedback. I also had issues managing my data on the SwiftKey website. I wish they can improve their services regarding support and flexibility. Gboard is also not a perfect keyboard. But, looking at the recent updates, Gboard has improved a lot. Hopefully, they will add @ and .com features soon.

SK is not good in chinese (pinyin) word prediction compared to Gboard. As I ‘m a multilingual user in English,Chinese,etc. I will prefer Gboard.

I would add 3 things: 1. Gboard seems lighter on my old phone; 2. SwiftKey can split the keyboard in landscape mode; 3. SwiftKey is more aggressive on autocorrect.

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