Install Stock Google Keyboard On Any Android Device From Play Store
If you thought Google has a habit of just chopping off their useful services and apps, think again. One of the best and most intuitive element of Android is apparently its Google-designed stock Android keyboard, which has all the features you’d want from an optimum text input method accompanied by a simple yet decent layout. Google has packed it with the best features cherry-picked from other awesomely designed keyboard apps including Swiftkey and Swype. But unfortunately, this vanilla keyboard is usually absent on third party OEM devices such as Galaxy S4 or HTC One, because they ship their own OEM solutions. Finally, good news for folks who want to download standard Android keyboard on their devices, as Google released Google Keyboard on the Play Store. That’s right, the official Android keyboard that ships with Nexus devices can now be used on non-Nexus ones by simply installing it like any other app. Lets take a closer look...
Google Keyboard carries the same feature-set and functionality found on Android 4.2, though it doesn’t work on devices running anything lower than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich). So how does the ‘Nexus experience’ fare against OEM-based touch solutions? Well quite good, we’d say, though it’s more of like user preference really. Most people tend to incline towards Google’s offering and we can’t argue with that. If you can’t live without your swyping habits, you needn’t worry about that either as Google’s Gesture Typing provides the same gliding experience to quickly type your text. Here’s a quick rundown of its other salient features:
Support for voice typing
Built-in dictionary for up to 26 languages
Next word suggestions and current word completion
Supports both Android phones and tablets
Advanced keyboard layouts
According to Google, the app is available for English-speaking countries only at the moment, but will land in more regions pretty soon. You can use the URL below to download it directly from Google Play Store for free.