Google has developed over 100 apps for Android. One of them is Gboard or Google Keyboard. There is no doubt that Google develops better and helpful apps. Google is the owner of Android does not mean that they can develop the best apps. Many companies are dominating or trying to dominate certain areas of Android. I have been using SwiftKey and Gboard for over eight months, and everything in this article is from my experience. Here is the ultimate SwiftKey vs Gboard comparison.
In the tech world, there is always competition. For those who do not know Microsoft purchased SwiftKey in 2016. With over 100 million downloads and 250 million active users only on Android, SwiftKey is a competitor in the industry. How do both stand against each other? Let’s find out in this SwiftKey vs Gboard battle.
SwiftKey vs Gboard
Table of content
- Comparison in a YouTube video.
- Word prediction.
- Accents and special characters.
- Emoji and GIF.
- Other features.
The comparison in a video
Forget everything for now. Here is the YouTube video comparing SwiftKey and Gboard. Although the video explains so much, some of the information released after the video is missing, so Follow the article for the updated SwiftKey vs Gboard battle.
The definition of word prediction is predicting a word which suits the written words and sentence. It also applies to the history of the user. From past style to learned words, a keyboard must figure out what would be the next word. Every keyboard app uses the word prediction algorithm to predict the next word. Word prediction is essential, and a wrong words prediction can slow down your speed.
SwiftKey memorises what you type quickly, and whenever you type that word again, it will most likely show you the next word. Meanwhile, 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 next word as I type.
Another feature of SwiftKey is it suggests numbers. For my postcode or my phone number, I don’t need to type. The first tap does the magic, and you can find the amount you want. In other aspects, Gboard does a better job.
Winner: Tie. Score: SwiftKey: 1, Gboard: 1. Well, no doubt the winner is Gboard because SwiftKey is falling behind in predicting words.
Browsing is a big thing now. You need internet to search all the time. A fun fact is over 3 billion queries happen on just Google every day. Anyway, Gboard comes with a built-in Google Search button, which is a unique feature. You can search for anything you want and send the information in the messages. Meanwhile, SwiftKey comes with Bing search by default, but you can change the search engine to Google including and after version 22.214.171.124.
There is a difference in how both keyboards search the web. Gboard shows a small keyboard-size window, while SwiftKey opens a window which occupies over 75% of the screen and shows you the results. Gboard shows the results in a different style than the browsers show. SwiftKey shows the same page which looks exactly like a webpage. The point of this article is SwiftKey vs Gboard, not a comparison of two search engines.
SwiftKey comes with a store where the user can download themes. The store comes with over 300 themes. Creating a custom theme is also easy. You have options to add a background image, enable or disable borders and add or remove the number line. All the available themes on the store are free to install.
Gboard, on the other hand, comes with a few themes, background images and styles. The good thing about Gboard is it gives you a highly customisable store where you can add any style to any theme and any background image to any theme. The size for each button in Gboard and the distance between each button is more extensive than in SwiftKey which is helpful typing on a small screen phone.
Winner: Tie. Score: SwiftKey: 2, Gboard: 2. Both have the same features but the difference of customisation.
Both keyboards support over 300 languages. You can download languages and start typing. SwiftKey allows you to type in five languages at the same time. You can swipe the space bar to move through the languages in SwiftKey.
Both keyboards support different input types including QWERTY, QWERTZ, PC etc. It depends on the language you are using. For my language, Sindhi Gboard has a feature where you can type in English, and the keyboard will convert in Sindhi. Check out the features both provide in the language settings.
Winner: Tie. Score: SwiftKey: 3, Gboard: 3. Both support over 300 languages, so both are the winner.
Check out: Sygic vs Google Maps.
Accents and special characters
Adding accents and special characters in SwiftKey vs Gboard review was essential. Regarding showing hidden accents after holding a key, SwiftKey does a good job. The option is disabled in the settings but after enabling you will be able to see other accents and special characters when you hold a key. Gboard only shows one character. One thing Gboard does better is, in full stop menu, you see lots of other symbols while SwiftKey shows four symbols when you hold the full stop key.
Winner: Tie. Score: SwiftKey: 4, Gboard: 4. Both have something special, and something missing at the same time.
Check out: 5 Best SwiftKey Themes in 2019.
Emoji and GIF
Both come with a wide range of emoji and both support GIF provided by GIPHY. A neat feature SwiftKey has is emoji prediction. If you turn on this feature, you will be able to see emoji related to the term you type.
Meanwhile swiping the space bar from right to left opens Emoji, GIF and Stickers menu in Gboard. Both apps come with eight different types of categorised emoji sections and different stickers to use in the messages. In SwiftKey, with stickers, 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 and send in the messages.
Winner: SwiftKey. Score: SwiftKey: 5, Gboard: 4. With emoji prediction and other features, SwiftKey takes this round.
In the latest version of SwiftKey, there is a new option, which is the translator. Gboard also comes with a translation feature. To enable the translation in SwiftKey, you can tap on the translate button on the top row while in Gboard, we can touch on G icon and the option will appear next to the emoji button.
Regarding the translation, both do a good job. Gboard uses Google Translation while Bing powers SwiftKey. Both translated the test very well.
SwiftKey can translate to over 70 languages when the internet is available. If you want the keyboard to translate the text when the internet connection is not available, then download Microsoft Translator which works with SwiftKey to translate the text offline.
Winner: Tie. Score: SwiftKey: 6, Gboard: 5. Both come with a translation service. The difference here is Google and Bing and online and offline. It will give 1 point to each.
SwiftKey vs Gboard other features comparison
- You can quickly send the current location in a message after tapping the location button in SwiftKey Keyboard. SwiftKey: 7.
- Typing stats are available for you to record typing habits in SwiftKey. SwiftKey: 8.
- You can change the keyboard size in both the keyboards. SwiftKey: 9 and Gboard: 6.
- You can enable Incognito Mode in SwiftKey. The data won’t be saved. SwiftKey:10.
- Gboard highlights the wrong spelled words. Gboard: 7.
- SwiftKey Keyboard comes with a customizer row where the user can select emojis, GIF, settings, location, clipboard, calendar, translation etc. SwiftKey: 11.
- Both support floating feature. After enabling you can place the keyboard wherever you want. SwiftKey: 12 and Gboard: 8.
- Gboard has an option for an on-screen copy, paste, move text cursor etc. The feature is available in the settings menu after taping G icon. Gboard: 9.
Check out: Grammarly vs Microsoft Word.
Alright, here is the end of SwiftKey vs Gboard battle. When I first wrote this article, the score was 10 SwiftKey and 4 Gboard, but now Gboard has added new features which have bought Gboard very close. Take a look at the score SwiftKey: 12 and Gboard: 9. What app you use and why? Leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can discuss more.
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. Last updated by Madhsudhan on 17th of July 2019.