Say goodbye to the only easy way to get the Android L keyboard on a non-Android L device
posted by Chris P. / Jul 09, 2014, 2:42 AM
Since Android L is in a very early beta, and the average user can't nor is advised to install it manually, the otherwise attractive keyboard was, at first, seemingly reserved for root users, who could snatch the .apk off xda-developers and simply install it on their rooted device. Thankfully, however, a certain developer made the L keyboard available as a third-party app on the Google Play Store, allowing even non-rooted handsets the privilege of messing around with it. Unfortunately, if you haven't taken advantage of this opportunity yet, you might be out of luck.
That's right, as some of us expected, Google apparently considers this to be infringing on somebody else's intellectual property (and in this case, their own), and have taken down the app, reports Shen Ye, the developer of the app. Ye is none too happy about it, and feels "Scroogled", though we'd be surprised if he wasn't aware of the risks when publishing the app, or at least later, when the app started trending (it was downloaded over 800,000 times, according to the dev). In any case, this leaves most of us with no easy option of getting the Android L keyboard, and unless you're willing to get your hands at least a little bit dirty, you may, indeed, be out of luck.
source: +Shen Ye
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So much for being "open" Google. You would think if the keyboard was all that fantastic, they would let the app stay up. Taking it down is admitting the product sucks. For a company that loves transparency, and open everything, pulling a keyboard makes me rethink Google and makes me look at Android L and its keyboard as unpolished, flawed, and buggy. Leaving me to really reconsider Android L as my next upgrade, or moving over to iOS which simply put just works from day one.
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 2:50 AM 10
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I agree with your comment till the end.
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 3:13 AM 0
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Except the keyboard isn't unpolished, flawed, or buggy. If it is, I haven't noticed it. And if it is, it's from a developer preview of an OS that releases in several months from now. Google has a right to protect its name. Apple's iOS 8 keyboard wasn't unleashed via the App Store, and no one's jumping on them.
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 3:44 AM 10
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The PlayStore has support for beta updates, where people can get beta updates earlier, many third party devs use it Unfortunately Google doesn't use beta it, hopefully they do soon, it would be much easier than flashing the zips or side loading apks
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 4:24 AM 0
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Here's is another victim of "misconception".... if you don't know or haven't realized yet, the only "OPEN" thing that Google offers is AOSP (Android Open Source Project), the source code for latest versions of android.... everything else.... EVERYTHING.... is proprietary... Google Play, Google Music, Google Maps, Google Plus, Google Experience Launcher, Google Hangouts........Everything.... These are all propriety additions on top of AOSP and Google reserves that right to do anything and or restrict anything related to these...
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 6:23 AM 1
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GAPPs have never been open, and never will be open. Only the source code to the OS itself is. Plus isn't this app nothing more than the regular KK keyboard but themed to look like the "L" version? You can also easily side load a modified apk that was pulled straight from the preview and will run on non-rooted devices. http://www.mediafire.com/downl
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 8:59 AM 0
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Oh, come on! The keyboard is theirs, that guy took someone else's code and published it on the play store under his name. Google was right. I bet they'll publish it anyway, when it's ready. But it seems logical to me that they want to manage their code themselves. Android is open, yes. This means you can write your own keyboard and publish it, not that you can take someone else's work and do what you please with it.
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 11:46 AM 0
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You win the award for the most ignorant comment I have heard in a LONG time. +10 for jumping to wild conclusions. +10 for making conclusion as extreme as possible +10 for feeling butt-hurt that Google exercised their right to protect THEIR technology (keyboard).
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 11:51 AM 0
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If they didn't take it down, it would actually encourage people to steal someone else's software/app and publish it as their own. Another reason would be that since this is a beta version a lot people might find it buggy and problematic, so people start complaining.
posted on Jul 10, 2014, 2:46 AM 0
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Someone has their panties in a bunch over nothing. If Google doesn't want to release their keyboard to the general public yet, then they don't have to. It's still in beta (even though I haven't had any troubles using it so far). More importantly, you can't just rip a Google app and put it on the Play Store under your account. It has nothing to do with being "open".
posted on Jul 10, 2014, 3:06 PM 0
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Give Google a break... That keyboard was still in BETA hence need more fine tuning. And releasing a half assed app (i.e. keyboard) that bears their name can screw their credibility. The app itself was meant to be published in the first place right? Google might prevent other people placing malwares with the app and may release them when the time is right. @WillieFDiaz, IOS works from day one? really? Ow kay....:-D
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 3:12 AM 8
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welp i got it before they yanked it down hue hue hue
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 3:19 AM 0
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Wasn't the app a paid app? I don't expect anyone to allow others to make money by selling something they didn't make themselves. Besides the keyboard being an unfinished product.
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 3:38 AM 0
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That makes sense. It is not the final version of product. Google has no reason to take risk in allowing its product being in an experimental stage to deteriorate users' experience, I appreciate the developer's generousness though. There is no any perfect human-made product, I think.
posted on Jul 09, 2014, 3:39 AM 2
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