Android 4.2 Stock Keyboard Now Available For Download, Unofficially

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One of the new enhancements we saw yesterday with the launch of Android 4.2 is the fact that Google has implemented gesture functionality into the keyboard. I know many of you already know what that is through the Swipe keyboard, but Google has actually taken it to a whole new level of instant prediction. The problem is obviously the fact that you were limited to using it only if you have Android 4.2, and you guessed it, nobody does yet. Now if you want to give this keyboard a try, it’s already available for download under two scenarios:

Scenario 1: If your device is not rooted, but you have the stock Android keyboard either active or disabled by your OEM (Motorola for example), you simply download the .APK file and install it. Obviously this requires that you allow the installation of apps from unknown sources in your device’s settings. Worse case scenario is that the app simply won’t install if you don’t meet any of the criteria, so our advice is that you try this first. Sadly though, if you’re not running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above, this won’t work. Download – Android 4.2 Keyboard APK

Scenario 2: If scenario 1 doesn’t work, you would have to flash the keyboard onto your device. Obviously this requires a Rooted phone, and well, worse case scenario is actually worse if something goes wrong. If you’re up to it, download – Android 4.2 Keyboard Flashable ZIP

We haven’t personally given it a try yet, but be sure to share your impressions in the comments if it works for you and what device you tried it with.

Via: Android Spin

Source: AndroidPolice

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