Entire Android Line-Up Can Now Download Google Keyboard
The highly regarded Google keyboard, gesture typing and all, is finally coming to the entire Android line-up by way of the Google Play store. Previously only available on the Nexus line, Google’s keyboard was sorely missed by consumers that opted to purchase other Android devices, like Samsung or HTC phones. Now, any device running on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) or later will be able to install the keyboard as an app.
The stock Google keyboard offers voice typing, dictionaries for 26 languages, and word suggestion/completion tools. Most notable among its assets, though, is gesture typing. When you swipe your finger in one smooth motion across the keys, the gesture tool determines the most appropriate word. The more you use it, the more intuitive and accurate the system becomes.
Similar gesture-type programs have been baked into other devices besides the Nexus, but none have received the same level of praise as Google’s stock keyboard. Third party keyboard apps have also attempted to replicate the experience as a downloadable add-on, but none of them have been as successful as Google.
This latest release is in keeping with the Android philosophy of openness and customization. With many customizable software options available across the entire range of Android devices, and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processors integrated into many leading smartphones, consumers have a wider breadth of viable choices than ever before.