Android L keyboard available to download via Google Play

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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37 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

lol "why is there a wc emoji here?"

13. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

16. peace247 unregistered

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

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

25. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

23. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

thanks dude.

2. Busyboy unregistered

Swiftkey>This

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

19. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Swift key is slow sometimes

11. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Swype>Swiftkey atleast for me.

33. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

31. roe150

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

5. hotdoggnboi2002

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

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

6. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

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

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

34. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

7. Kj8912

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

Works on LG Optimus F6 running 4.1.2 Jelly bean

9. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Sweet!

10. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Love the new Material keyboard. Kthnxbi dumb Swiftkey.

12. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

14. peace247 unregistered

Ha ha i was thinking that too...

15. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

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

18. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

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

22. Tech_Junkie1996

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 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.

24. sthephen

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

27. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 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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