I am looking for an Android keyboard that has quick access to speech-to-text functionality, but that does not require any Google services or software.

TouchPal looks like a good keyboard, but it requires Google's speech-to-text software, so it's a no-go.

Prefer , but paid is acceptable. Must be KitKat compatible.

Can anyone recommend one?

UPDATE: I forgot to include a key requirement: that the keyboard and speech-to-text functionality work . Thus, I created this question seeking recommendations that include that additional requirement.

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Swype seems pretty awesome. It has Dragon dictation instead for voice recognition:

Swype comes with best-in-class voice recognition so you can go hands-free and dictate text quickly with a simple press of the voice key on the Swype keyboard.

They have a free trial version available; the full version can be obtained for ~USD 1.

Note for other readers: Swype is not yet ready for Marshmallow (Android 6), but they are reportedly working on it.

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    Note: I've enriched the answer with some details. Dragon is in fact known to be of high quality. It's based on the Dragon NaturallySpeaking engine, built by the same company as Swype. The probably best known product using it is Apple's Siri. Also see: Wikipedia on Dragon Dictation.
    – Izzy
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 16:47

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