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Google Keyboard gets update to 2.0; app brings a little KitKat to your phone

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Google Keyboard gets update to 2.0; app brings a little KitKat to your phone
Android users not rockin' the Nexus 5 might be feeling a little jealousy about not having the latest and greatest Android OS build on their phone. On the other hand, if you own, say, the HTC One, you know that you're going to get that confectionery OS build on your device, so any jealousy should be short-lived. In addition, Android 4.4 was said to be designed to work on low memory models, including those with just 512MB of RAM. That compares with the 2GB to 3GB of RAM found on today's high-end Android devices. In theory, this means that older Android phones could receive the Android 4.4 update. But the ultimate decision about which phones will be updated lies with the carriers and most won't want to spend the money to test the new Android build on phones that are on the way out.

But if your Android handset runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, you can have a little piece of KitKat on your Android phone right now, by installing the updated Google Keyboard 2.0 from the Google Play Store. The holo blue UI is gone, replaced by the black and grey look of Android 4.4. Among the changes, punctuation is laid out differently across different screen sizes (4 inches, 7 inches and 10 inches). You can swipe over the space bar to generate a space instead of lifting up your finger, and if your phone supports it, you can type more expressive emoji instead of  basic smiley faces.

Want some of the same features on your keyboard that Nexus 5 owners are rocking? Update to the new Google Keyboard app by clicking on the sourcelink.

Screenshots show features from Google Keyboard
Screenshots show features from Google Keyboard
Screenshots show features from Google Keyboard

Screenshots show features from Google Keyboard


source: GoogleKeyboard via AndroidCentral

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posted on 07 Nov 2013, 18:23

1. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


✴✳❇O:-) ‼

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 18:26

2. JMartin22 (Posts: 713; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Old phones =/= new low-end phones. The drivers on the GPU aren't necessarily updated anymore to run the new OS.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 18:27

3. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


O:-) ✴✳✴ ‼

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 18:28 2

4. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 181; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I got the update automatically but no color emoji, just black and white ones.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 18:35

5. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I know :'(

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 20:02

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I would love to see the original Droid get this update.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 20:31 1

7. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Why?
It has a physical keyboard.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 20:57

8. bwhiting (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


The keyboard is actually very nice addition for the cust account

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 21:27 1

9. Sriniva1995 (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


The keyboard design looks pretty good but not available in countries like India which makes the keyboard a wanna get kind of app .

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 21:29

10. victory_zhou (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)


Then what if a phone run on 600mhz single core and only have 256mb ram and 135mb storage left?

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 22:16

11. thephonedude (Posts: 55; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


Just what I need for my Phone. I have an Optimus L5 (I know it's sh*t ) And it has a single core 800mhz processor with a 512 mb (390 mb tbh) ram. I need this 4.4.... :\

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 22:51

12. antifanboy14 (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


TAB button gone.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 23:32 1

13. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


I want a whole system emoji support like the iOS.

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 06:56

14. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Yeah, there's no emoji support with this keyboard on the Galaxy S4 so for now I'll stick with the stock keyboard on it. There's still no beating that.

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 08:40

15. nothingmuch (Posts: 155; Member since: 03 May 2013)


i Don't have this keyboard but by looking at it reminds me of 'ol ginger bread with a few tweeks. I luv my keyboard on my note 3, I'll enjoy while I can. ;)

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 00:30

16. Trex95 (Posts: 541; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


I have it on my Nexus 4 fantastic keyboard overall. But still prefer HTC one keyboard more accurate in speed typing plus built in colorful emoji.

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