Root-free Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard available for Android 2.2 and higher

Root-free Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard available for Android 2.2 and higher
When we published our Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Preview, we included some pictures of the virtual keyboard and mentioned that it sports better error correction and spell checking. For those of you that are looking forward to trying Ice Cream Sandwich’s new native keyboard, but know you may have a while to wait until an update becomes available for your device, you can now download the keyboard in the Android Market and use it with all devices that have Android 2.2 and above.

Using the Ice Cream Sandwich source code that was released a few weeks ago, a user on XDA Developers, named for.digit, has ported the Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard over. The keyboard is available for free and does not require the device to be rooted.

The feature list includes:

  • Multitouch keyboard
  • User dictionary, built-in dictionary
  • Configurable auto correction
  • Redesigned and optimized keyboard layout and style
  • Speech to text (select languages only)
  • Custom vibration intensity (haptic feedback)
  • Long press "Enter" key to bring up smiley alternatives
  • Long press on "/" key in URL mode to bring up domains

The developer cautions that it is in beta therefore some bugs are expected. While it currently has mostly good reviews, a number of users with HTC devices are reporting issues with the keyboard.

Ice Cream Sandwich Keyboard [Android Market link]

source: XDA Developers via Android and Me



1. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Very nice.

9. OldHAG

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

its ugly as hell

2. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

it seems cool, but im hooked on swiftkey. It does me right and is really good at prediction.

3. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

I just installed this on my Droid 1 with CM 7. I think I'll stick with the Gingerbread keyboard for now. Visually, it doesn't look much different. Typing "i" followed by a space does not auto-capitalize. Also, on the GB keyboard, if I type "il" (that's just one I and one L) and hit space, it'll auto-correct to " I'll " which is nice, because obviously " ill " is a legitimate word but not the one I usually want. Rather than constantly tapping on the correct choice, I can take a shortcut by typing one letter less and hitting space and getting the word I want. This ICS apk doesn't do that. And of course, the speech-to-text function is not working. Still, I can't wait for a real working ICS kb for my Droid. Actually, I can't wait until the SGN comes out, but I'd love a properly working keyboard for now. Good work XDA.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Does not sound like the real deal...I will pass, too.

4. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

I downloaded it, somehow I can't use it :(

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

LOL, I thought I read \'ROOT BEER\'

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

root-free ice cream:)

11. OldHAG

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

failed actually zeus is the god thhe sky and creation he wield the thunder bolt but not the "god of thunder" that titles belongs to THOR

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

lol thats okay as long as its not iTHOR

8. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Eh. It's nice, but I think I like the Gingerbread keyboard better. The buttons are too small on the ICS one.

10. Carlitos

Posts: 663; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Egg I still like the Motorola multi touch keyboard. One of the best android keyboards out there.

12. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

nice. i like the dark theme. but i really missed that from SGS 1. excellent predictive text.

14. cappy718

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

I like the stock one on my Bionic better...keys are bigger for my guy fingers. The keys were just too small on the ICS one...

15. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This so called new keyboard looks like Gravity one or Windows 7. Mevertheless, looks much better than previous one.

16. cookiemonster435

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

This is probably great but I'm hooked on swipe!

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