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Android L keyboard available to download via Google Play

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Android L keyboard available to download via Google Play
Earlier today, we told you that the new Android L keyboard was released for rooted KitKat devices thanks to someone at the XDA. Now, the keyboard is available as a separate download via Google Play, and it works on non-rooted devices, too.

The Android L keyboard app was launched just hours ago by Shen Ye, who himself is an XDA TV producer. We’re not sure if it’s compatible with Android Jelly Bean devices, but it certainly works with those running KitKat (we tested it). Update: it should be compatible with any device running Android 4.0 or later.

After you download the Android L keyboard, follow the instructions from its Google Play description to use it. The new keyboard doesn’t feel too different from the standard KitKat keyboard, but it does look nicer - at least in our eyes.

The keyboard is part of the Android L developer preview that's been made available only to Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 owners. Let us know if you’re downloading it (from the source link below), and if it works as you’d expect after the installation is complete.


source: Google Play via ‏@shen_ye

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posted on 27 Jun 2014, 21:13 2

1. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol "why is there a wc emoji here?"

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:54 1

13. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


ok so i installed this and its still same old Google Keyboard.... :/

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 23:12 5

16. peace247 (Posts: 216; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


U have to apply the material theme.
Keyboard settings>advance>color scheme

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 23:18 1

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Good lord, its an option as a theme. I prefer the traditional Holo Grey than this fugly grey :)
I use Swype anyway :/

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 00:10 1

20. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I dont really like the iOS 7 style colors
But I like the new design, kind of like Fleksy but even more flat
IMO a black and white version would look great
Its only a matter of time before someone on xda makes different themes

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 02:09

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Except that IF Google allowed devs to create 3rd party themes for a keyboard.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 00:37

23. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


thanks dude.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 21:35 4

2. Busyboy (unregistered)


Swiftkey>This

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 21:44 5

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


No, I have seen swiftkey - not worth my time.....

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:09

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I agree...i have an Xperia and the key works the same to me, if not better. Just that Swift key has more customizable options. And i don't "fancy" that.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 00:04 4

19. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Swift key is slow sometimes

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:35 4

11. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Nope, tried Swiftkey a year ago -> Laggy, Unnecessarily bloated.
Tried it again this year when it went Free -> Still laggy, still unnecessarily bloated.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 02:13

26. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Swype>Swiftkey atleast for me.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 18:18

33. SupermanayrB (Posts: 617; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Did the same thing you did. Have to get used to where things are on the keyboard, but what I don't like is how it adds spaces between words when you're swyping in a web browser address bar whereas there are no spaces added when using Swype.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 09:26

31. roe150 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


swiftket make the letters too small, nothing really beats googles stock keyboard

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 21:46

4. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Phonearena - my Coolpad 9976A runs OS 4.2.2 and this works, but you have to follow the instructions to a tee....

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 21:50

5. hotdoggnboi2002 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2014)


Trying it out. Definitely a different feel with the new design theme.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 21:57 1

6. lolatfailphones (Posts: 203; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Hopefully they'll put this on iOS 8 I'd like to try it out.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 00:13 2

21. vincelongman (Posts: 4576; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Apple will include it in iOS 12

Jokes side, someone will definitely port it over when iOS 8 is officially release since iOS 8 allows custom keyboards (also other keyboards like Swiftkey and Swype)

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 18:19

34. SupermanayrB (Posts: 617; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


LOL. Since they're finally adding 3rd party keyboards they'll include it on iOS 10.2.5

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:00

7. Kj8912 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jun 2014)


Works on LG Optimus F6 running 4.1.2 Jelly bean

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:25

9. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Sweet!

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:34

10. Totse2k15 (Posts: 462; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Love the new Material keyboard. Kthnxbi dumb Swiftkey.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:45

12. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Isn't this the same keyboard as on the Asha 305-311?

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 22:58

14. peace247 (Posts: 216; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Ha ha i was thinking that too...

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 23:03

15. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 111; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


They had to make a new keyboard just to add one new theme? That's sad.

posted on 27 Jun 2014, 23:55 1

18. ChandlerBing (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


This keyboard looks exactly like the stock keyboard on an N9 running Meego I've seen.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 00:31

22. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


OK, so, I've been trying for the last hour to get this keyboard. I have android KitKat and the Google Keyboard. However, when I try to change the layout, I am only allowed to change the color of the gesture trail and word suggestion. The keyboard itself continues to look the same.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 01:37 1

24. sthephen (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


excuse me. someone help me. i installed on my Galaxy S4 with KitKat but, there's no emo icon on my keyboard? any other setting or ??

thanks before.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 04:24

27. .KRATOS. (Posts: 334; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I hope they'll include numbers row above it'll be more practical than to switch to numbers, let it be more customisable like SwiftKey

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