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Google's stock Android keyboard has hidden themes

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Google's stock Android keyboard has hidden themes
We all know that Google loves to hide Easter eggs in its products, and it turns out that there is one to be found in the stock Google Keyboard app for Android that was recently released into the Google Play Store. Apparently, the stock Google Keyboard app has hidden different themes, and it's actually pretty easy to be able to switch between those looks.

The only thing you'll need to have in order to access the themes is a custom launcher. Our favorite is Nova Launcher, which is free, so that will do just fine (the download link will be below). Once you're in the custom launcher, just long-press on the homescreen and choose Shortcuts, then Activities. In the menu that pops up, choose "Google Keyboard" (it may be listed as "Android Keyboard (AOSP)"), and then choose "Android Keyboard Debug Settings." Once you've done that, there will be a new shortcut created on your homescreen that will launch you straight into the advanced settings for the stock keyboard, where you will be able to choose your theme. 

There are 4 basic options with 6 total options. There is the Basic (which is the pre-Gingerbread theme), Stone, Gingerbread, and Ice Cream Sandwich (the default on ICS and higher), then with Basic there is normal and high contrast, and Stone has normal and bold. Have fun with it!


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posted on 06 Sep 2013, 19:32 2

1. Blazers (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Nice. Too bad there's no way to add the shortcut without the launcher.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:07 1

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


If you prefer the stock launcher on your phone you're simply not using it correctly.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:27 5

4. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


I prefer stock launcher. What is it am I not doing correctly?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:44 1

5. promise7 (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


idiot

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:45 3

7. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


To each his own.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 21:30 1

11. Blazers (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That makes no sense

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 21:34

12. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


If it's stock android I disagree.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 21:54 3

14. _god_ (banned) (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


My phone ROM comes default with Trebuchet .

I will never change it , never ever !

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:19

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2534; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Can apex do this?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:58

9. AfterShock (Posts: 2534; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Yes, you can, was over looking activities.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:44 3

6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1673; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


My lg g pro keyboard can do that...

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 20:46 1

8. promise7 (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


how is this a easter egg when u have to download a third party launcher? that's like saying it has a easter egg theme selection too, u just need to download a launcher and theme and apply it.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 00:27

17. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 30; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Because the theme selection feature is not part of the launcher. You just use the launcher to access the settings.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 21:17 1

10. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


What I want is the stock Google keyboard with functionality of SwiftKey, and Sense 5 keyboard interface.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 21:40 1

13. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


These are REALLY lame...

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 21:59

15. ludegmo (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


This is such bulls**t. I cant download it. Its a simple keyboard man!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 23:18 1

16. FilthyJ24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


There's a free app called quick shortcut maker. Worked just fine.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 03:25

18. lallolu (Posts: 229; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


For people that do not know, you do not have to use the Nova launcher. All one has to do is to only install it and one gets the 'Activities' option in widgets on all installed launchers.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 23:23

19. iParkos (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Bold high contrast is where it's at.

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