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Samsung Galaxy S3 keyboard apps vs default

Under: Hand-On Reviews
Date: June 9th, 2013

Android users have more choice when it comes to changing the preloaded stock applications on their smartphones for features such as the keyboard. If you are the owner of the Samsung Galaxy S3 you may have been affected by the device continually returning to the default keyboard if the handset is shut down no matter which one of the keyboard apps you may have installed.

I have used a few of the most popular keyboard applications on my unlocked version of the Galaxy S3, and have always shut my handset down when I turn in for the night. Trouble is since the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update the handset returns to the rather useless default Samsung keyboard.

Obviously it doesn’t take long to quickly change this to the required keyboard app but you shouldn’t have to. Developers of the various applications have stated to me personally and to many other users that the fault of this lies with Google and how Android now works since the last update for the handset.

A few days ago though Google released the keyboard app that is currently found on Nexus hardware in the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update, and after using this for a few days I can report the handset has never returned to the default keyboard when rebooted.

When I first started to use the excellent Swype application the device also didn’t return to the stock offering, but after a few days this begun to change. The Google Keyboard meanwhile has continued to stay in place no matter how many times I have switched off the handset and restarted it again.

I have stuck with the Google keyboard for now as it saves messing about each morning reactivating apps, and while the app is quite good as well as being free I personally much prefer Swype. Hopefully when the next Android update arrives for the device, which could be as soon as this month the problem will have been fixed.

What keyboard app do you use on your Galaxy S3?

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  • Graham Parkes

    I’ve never heard of the S3 returning to stock keyboard when rebooted. Mine has never done that and neither have friends and colleagues S3 phones.

    Anyway, I use Swype and have done so since the original Galaxy S. I’ve tried many keyboards including the much vaunted Swiftkey, but nothing is faster than Swype for me.

    I hate the chicken pecking style of typing on conventional keyboards.

  • Paul Spredbury

    Always had this problem, use swiftkey and is the best used most of the keyboards but keep coming back to swiftkey. Can not wait for the update as its a pain every time I turn my phone off.

  • Shi$le

    I can attest to that. I also use Swype keyboard but with every reboot it returns to the stock one. It’s a pain.

  • Kizzy

    am using the Google keyboard just released and find it quick, accurate and fast. better than using swype on stock s3 keyboard. no problems on reboot either.

    • Kivuos

      How did you install Google Keyboard on a Samsung Galaxy S3?

      • atreyu187

        Play store :)

  • M.Peco

    I am using Swype on 4.1.2. , but it never returns to the stock keyboard, never.

  • Sammie Neely

    I’m using the note 2 keyboard on 4.1.2 no problems here.

  • le remy

    I love using the Swiftkey keyboard app, and i absolutely hate it when it returns to the stock keyboard. I will give the google keyboard a try, but i hope the next update stops the returns overall.

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