Android L keyboard now available for rooted KitKat devices thanks to XDA

Android L keyboard now available for rooted KitKat devices thanks to XDA
Whenever a new version of an Android firmware gets released, the folks over at XDA are usually the first to “extract” some of the more interesting apps. You might remember that shortly after LG introduced its 5.5-inch G3, they ported the so-called Smart Keyboard of the device for all Android devices that were running Android KitKat. Even some of Galaxy S5's apps were released on XDA a whole month before Samsung's flagship got launched. And now, just two days after Google demonstrated Android L, XDA has once again come into play.

The developer preview of Android L has already been released for select devices, but, alas, only a small percentage of Android users will be able to tinker with it yet. Fortunately, the rest can also experience the new Material Design to some extent by flashing the Android L keyboard on their devices, courtesy of XDA.

Still, there are certain prerequisites – you'll need a rooted device that is running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher with a custom recovery on board (either ClockworkMod or TWRP will do the trick). You'll also need to uninstall your stock Google Keyboard. If these conditions have been met, you can simply flash the Android L keyboard via the custom recovery. In order to get the Material Design look, you should head into the settings menu of the newly-installed keyboard and change the color scheme.

The app has been successfully tested on some of the more popular Android devices, most notably the Nexus line, the Galaxy S III, S4, S5, the HTC One (M8), the LG G2, so if you are sporting one of these, you shouldn't have any issues. Of course, you'll need to strictly follow the instructions - these, along with the Android L keyboard itself, can be found at the source link below.

The new Android L wallpapers and its boot animation have also been extracted - once again, thanks to the XDA folks.

source: XDA via AndroidGuys



1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

i like the space bar... look so good

2. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Kinda looks like fleksy..

3. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

not bad

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Is this a different keyboard from the one on the Play Store?

5. splus

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

How's this different from stock Google keyboard with a different skin? Any added functionality?

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I understand that B&W emoji is easier to read on a keyboard under unfavorable light conditions, but I hope that the colorful icons are still displayed as before.

7. NationGuettaTR

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Gives FC on N900 stock & rooted rom.

8. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

So many nice keyboards now. Even the LG G3 keyboard is nice

9. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I like my Swiftkey, so I think I'll pass.

10. sahrckr

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

i couldn't install it (flash it) on my nexus 7 2012

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

qwerty? or qwertz? i dont know if i can get used to those placements...

12. Rager722 unregistered

Ruined the emojis.

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