Google releases stock Android keyboard into Play Store, gesture typing now 4.0+

Google releases stock Android keyboard into Play Store, gesture typing now 4.0+
Google has long been pulling various APKs from stock Android and putting them into the Play Store. And, the latest to make the leap from part of the system to being decoupled and added to the Play Store is the stock Android keyboard. Even better, the app is available for any device running 4.0+, which means the number of devices compatible with the gesture typing feature has just gotten much much bigger.

The idea here is two-fold: first, apps can be updated faster and more easily when decoupled from the system; and, second, anyone with access to the Play Store can get an app, meaning even if you have a device with a heavily modified version of a Google app, you can still get the stock version. So, if for some reason you don't like Samsung's Calendar app, Google Calendar is in the Play Store, or if you don't like HTC's keyboard, you can now get the stock Android keyboard. 

The Google Keyboard brings all of the features you would expect including 26 language dictionaries, autocomplete, next-word suggestions, gesture typing, voice dictation, and advanced keyboard layouts. There is emoji support, but it's a bit wonky because you need to type the word (like "smile") then choose the emoji from the suggestions. The app will also scale to run on any device, phone or tablet. As we said before, you'll need Android 4.0+, but at least you don't need to wait on Android 4.2 to get gesture typing. 

If you want to give it a try, the Google Keyboard is available for free in the Google Play Store.

source: +Android



1. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Yes!! Hope that they improve it more...

2. wk10k

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

I wish it had the top row of number keys like the Samsung GS4 keyboard. The gs4 keyboard, though doesn't auto correct. That's even worse. I got the JellyBean keyboard out of the Play store to fix both problems. Though I had to pay a few bucks to get the PRO version that allows the top row of numbers. Awesome keyboard.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I've been using the one in the GP store that's free ever since it came out. There's no difference except the vibration isn't as strong on the Google keyboard as it is on the other app and the spacebar always shows the language you're using. Google got a 5 star rating from me.

4. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

One great move on their part. Only root users got to enjoy this kind of suff in the past.

8. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

There was actually an unofficial port in the Play Store before, but I agree, this is great.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"or if you don't like HTC's keyboard, you can now get the stock Android keyboard." After using a Rezound and whatever that abomination of a gesture keyboard HTC had.....I would like to thank Google for this. I hope in the near future we start seeing custom UI's as add ons in the Play Store...

6. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Not available worldwide!!

14. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

I somewhat confirm this. It's nowhere to be found from my phone.

21. nadarbsm

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

not available in India... :( :( :(

24. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

But if its not available worldwide, there is one called "Jelly Bean Keyboard" or "Ice Cream Sandwich Keyboard" both by JohnTanmi which is the one they were talking about above. No worries. Like @ PapaSmurf said above, the only difference is that the tactile vibration isn't as strong as the google keyboard.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

"What about the ™ ® © symbols" ®

10. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Even though I'm sure you don't even have the app, I checked and they are actually included.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Great, will be trying this out. Using Swift and AI keyboard+ ®

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just downloaded it got rid of my SONY XPERIA keyboard. works flawless

11. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

lol poor sony.

13. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

why did you wait when you have swiftkey and other awesome keyboards on the market? :)

15. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Now this is what I call an irony. Everytime I install an AOSP-based ROM on my phones, I get rid of the AOSP keyboard and install the Xperia Keyboard. To each his own, right?

16. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

even though there are keyboards out there in store but many are not keyboard is free with all functionalities.

17. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

But will we ever get a dedicated emoji list? Idk why but I can't even see emoji anymore and I have a GS4.

18. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Still sticking to SwiftKey as my landscape keyboard. Going to give the Google keyboard a try as my portrait keyboard. Currently, I'm using Swype as my portrait keyboard.

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i just so happened to find this while i was getting all the Google apps i needed for my DNA and i was happy to find it because i'm not a big fan of the Sense 4+ keyboard. i can't wait for Moonshine S-Off to finally be released because as soon as it does this baby is getting unlocked and Sense 5 is getting flashed.

20. J1919

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

My phone has a 3.5' screen and this is still a bit too cramped for me. Swfitkey remains the best keybord for me. When I reach the 4' club i'll use the stock keyobard.

22. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

Gingerbread is still the most widespread Android version, but... Even the simplest I have ever seen notebook app Google Keep is for Android 4.0+

23. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Gingerbread has been dropping consistently for months, and won't be the biggest part of the ecosystem by next month. Don't develop for the past, develop for the future.

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