Those of you who are acquainted with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean are likely aware of the keyboard that it ships with. The stock keyboard is an intelligent offering to come out of the Android lab from Mountain View, and makes typing a whole lot easier on Google-branded Nexus devices, or any device that ships with stock Android. And starting today, you can now download that very same keyboard for any Android phone or tablet absolutely free of cost. More details and APK download link can be found right after the jump.
If you’re wondering from the very start regarding the developer of this keyboard, then yes, it’s Google itself. It’s not a port of the keyboard from Android 4.2, it’s the real deal, and Google has made it available to everyone who are on non-Nexus devices.
Aptly named Google Keyboard, it carries every single feature which we’ve come to love on Android 4.2’s keyboard. It features Gesture Typing, which is a brilliant Swype like implementation, in fact slightly better in some ways. Its intelligent word prediction engine and finger tracking makes the keyboard a marvel to use. The dynamic floating preview of words being typed is a feature alone that’s enough to make you jump ship.
Remember we said that it features everything from Android 4.2? That’s right, it also features Google’s famed Voice Typing, which lets you type hands free using the power of your voice. Backed up by Google’s credible voice recognition services, you can rest assured that your device won’t mix up “this guy” with “the sky”, if you know what I mean.
Word prediction is also there, along with current-word completion for added ease while typing. Having tried different keyboards in the last few years on Android alone, I have to say that Google’s word prediction is far superior than what others have to offer. It’s really that good!
The keyboard, in its current form, supports up to 26 dictionaries and a bunch of keyboard layouts. We’re quite certain that with time the dictionary will be updated with support for more languages.
Supported for both phones and tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, and with a price tag of free, there’s no way that you shouldn’t give Google Keyboard a try. Simple tap on the Play Store download link below and dive into the stock keyboard experience!
(Download: Google Keyboard for Android on the Play Store)
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