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

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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16 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

✴✳❇O:-) ‼

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

O:-) ✴✳✴ ‼

4. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I know :'(

6. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

7. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Why? It has a physical keyboard.

8. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

The keyboard is actually very nice addition for the cust account

9. Sriniva1995

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

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

10. victory_zhou

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

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

11. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 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.... :\

12. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

TAB button gone.

13. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I want a whole system emoji support like the iOS.

14. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

15. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 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. ;)

16. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 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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