SwiftKey

Why am I getting different keyboards when launching apps on my Google Pixel phone?

Android keyboards

Episode 1465

Mark from Grand Rapids, MI

Mark wants to know why he gets a different keyboard whenever he launches an app on his Google Pixel smartphone. Leo says this is a feature that developers can take advantage of so that the keyboard can be more contextual. For instance, when a number needs to be entered, the keyboard that comes up can be just a number pad. But there is a bug that causes keyboards to change randomly, so maybe that's the problem. More likely, it's something the app developer has done. Mark can try installing Swiftkey and see if that helps.

Are iOS 8 alternative keyboards secure?

SwiftKey

Episode 1120

Michael from Shelby Township, MI

Mike says with the explosion of third party keyboards on the iPhone now, is there a security issue with it? Leo says that is a legitimate concern. However, Leo doesn't think it's really an issue. Apple does warn you though, that any keyboard can capture keystrokes and send them to the developer. Apple already does that. He recommends using SwiftKey. It will allow him to swipe letters instead of typing. It's more accurate and faster to type.