Android 4.2 gesture keyboard APK leaks out

Android 4.2 gesture keyboard APK leaks out
A new Nexus phone and a new version of Android are on the horizon, so you know what that means: leaked app updates! This time around the big updates to Android 4.2 are with the camera app and the keyboard, and the first of those to leak out is the new gesture keyboard. It doesn't seem to be the final build though, so as always you're on your own if you get into trouble with it. 

It doesn't look final for a couple reasons: first, the word display isn't the same as was shown in the demo of it (embedded below), and also, Google has already tried pulling down links to the APK. Still, it's almost impossible to completely delete something from the Internet, so the links are still around. 

There are two options: an easy to install APK, which won't work on a stock Android device (aka Nexus), but it will work if you're using a custom ROM like CyanogenMod or AOKP, or a device with a manufacturer overlay like a Galaxy S III, HTC One X, etc. The other option is a ZIP file for those of you on a rooted stock Android device, which can be flashed via ClockworkMod Recovery. 

Remember, if you flash the ZIP, it will replace the stock app, so it's a good idea to make backups before flashing.

We've tried it out, and it does work pretty well. It takes a bit of getting used to because of the word prediction overlay, though. It's just odd to have words flashing at you as you're thinking of how to swipe to get the word you want. That option can be turned off in the settings menu if it gets to be too much. 


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13 Comments

1. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

How about, Android 4.2 leaks out all together?

2. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

woohoo! yaahaa! I am getting me one :) And dont worry android 4.2 doesn't need to leak...google will release the codes anyway and the awesome android modders will have 4.2 roms for almost every device out there...so you're good to go so chill :)

3. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yea it's like 2 weeks away anyway lol. I'm using a Galaxy Nexus (from the Play Store), so I should get it almost immediately. Though I'll be getting the Nexus 4 soon after it's released anyway.

11. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Nexus will always be gold standard bro...

4. ilia1986 unregistered

Just tried it out and it's awesome! :D Shame swiping works only in English - but I'm sure that it'l be updated. :)

5. Mountech

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

Swype works in Spanish too.. (at least on my HTC Evo).

13. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

will it work on MANDARIN ? lol just sayin no offence

6. Mountech

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

I wonder why he doesn't like Swype whatsoever. I really like it, in fact I'm so used to it, I don't think I can go back to Tap.

7. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

@Mountech Did you bother to pay attention? 42 seconds in he tells you why he doesn't like Swype. And over the course of the next 10 seconds he gives you more reasons why he dislikes Swype.

8. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

RIM may well have to launch a. Lawsuit on this,especially since it also uses the flow fature. The BB10 keyboard is multilingual,allowing the use of several languages in the same sentence. Ill have to see these new keyboards upon release but I won't be giving up my physical qwerty keyboard lightly.

9. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I install this just like regular apk in internal memory. Work great that I start like using swipe. But no Indonesian dictionary or maybe need change system language to have it

10. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Loving this keyboard. Good layout to and the suggestions while using the swipe feature are right on.

12. Pocketboy

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Beer with fingering Lol

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