Google Keyboard now available on Google Play – Stock Android keyboard for all

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Well, this was unexpected. Seems Google is releasing yet another one of their stock Android apps to the Google Play Store today, this time by way of the Google Keyboard. This is the bare-bones (but still fully featured) stock Android keyboard you’ll find on Android 4.2.2 AOSP, without any skins, fluff or needless permissions from the countless others keyboard replacements in the Play Store.

Google Keyboard screenshots

I almost can’t believe this is really happening. I’ve mentioned in other posts that if Google would simply release their stock apps into the Play Store — Messaging, Launcher, etc. — it would make the lives of stock Android enthusiasts that much easier. While there are no shortage of keyboard alternatives, if you only feel safe trusting inputting your passwords, credit card information, etc. with Google — have at it. Download link below.

[Google Keyboard on Google Play | MediaFire if not available in your country]

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  • Jer Dela Cruz

    I wonder if the keyboard will get regular updates. It would be nice instead of having to wait for the next Android version.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Of course. No question at all.

      • Jer Dela Cruz

        I’m already seeing a difference in accuracy and it’s nice to finally have emojis with CM10.1!

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      I think that has been the point with a lot of the things Google has done lately. More in the way of apps so new features aren’t tied to specific versions of Android. Of course, there are some features which can’t be released as apps, but the less the better.

      • Mobile Phones Fan

        >> More in the way of apps so new features aren’t tied to specific versions of Android.

        Sure, it does provide an end-run around both OEMs and carriers. But that’s only half the story. With their Play Services framework and these separable ‘Google Experience’ apps, Mountain View has dispelled any likelihood of a compelling Android fork.

        Meanwhile, this is not simply a matter of ‘what they’ve done lately’. We are witness to the flowering of a program that started back in 2010, when the team first prised GMail and a few other core Gapps out from their Froyo (Android v2.2-2.3) ROM.

        I’m sure Chris is is not the only one to wonder if ‘this is really happening’. But make no mistake, Google’s been working toward exactly this goal for a long time. And if I read Jean-Baptiste Queru correctly, there’s yet more such news to come before year’s end. :-)

        https://plus.google.com/112218872649456413744/posts/g8YnZh5begQ
        .

  • toomuchgame441

    Nice, but I’m good with the keyboard on my HTC One

    • yankeesrule587

      Really ? The keyboard stinks. Read my comment below. Some words and letters have to be manually selected to get added to a text or email, really slowing me down if im trying to type fast.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      I LOVE the Sense 5 keyboard. For the most part, it’s great (and has awesome swiping abilities).

      • DavidVarghese

        Idk, maybe I’m spoiled by SwiftKey, but the Sense 5 keyboard sucks… lol… However, they did improve it from Sense 4+

  • yankeesrule587

    Love my HTC ONE but the keyboard stunk. I couldnt even start a sentence with the letter “i” lowercase or capital, other words would not go either. So happy for this. Thanks Google.

  • Cesar Ortiz

    It’s incompatible with my Motorola Atrix 2 :/ …

    • thedicemaster

      or it’s incompatible with your country.

      I can’t install it either.

      • Cesar Ortiz

        you are right.. *facepalm* why Google?? Why???:(

  • Jordan Caviness

    I love the android keyboard! Better than the one on galaxy s3…(brother has a nexus)

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    Now all we need is messaging, calculator, clock, and contacts/dialer and I’ll be set. Get on it, Google! :)

    • Cesar Ortiz

      Yeah!!!! so true Chris!!! :)) and hopefully its compatible with my motorola atrix 2 o.o

    • DavidVarghese

      Don’t forget the stock launcher! That would be amazing

      • taz89

        Actually find stock launcher quite limited, think Nova is much better which gives the stock look and feel but more options…

        • DavidVarghese

          True, but still. If Google released their stock launcher, my life would be complete.

          • taz89

            Am sure it’s just a matter of time before all the major apps are available on play store, think that’s Google end goal which will help with fragmentation as it would mean that regardless what os you are on in the future you can still get the new features.

    • feztheforeigner

      Here’s the calcualtor (with a few improvements)

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android2.calculator3

    • meijin3

      The x JB+ by Moblynx are pretty good replacements. I used Clock JB+ when I had my DNA.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Moblynx

    • No_Nickname90

      I would love Google Text Message app, but their contacts app? Really? LoL!! Wouldn’t that need to be installed into system?

  • RahjerDat

    turning my s3 into a stock device one app at the time. for the most part anyway.

    • Jordan Caviness

      That’s what I have been doing..I don’t use the galaxy s3 stock apps except video player. It was my mx video player replacement….I’m so happy with Google keyboard!

  • WickedToby741

    Anybody else notice that these changes (this and the Nexus edition devices) have come about since Pichai took the helm from Rubin? Coincidence?

  • scoter man1

    Now I just want my pop ups back in messages.

  • John

    I feel Gapps packages getting smaller and smaller!

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Soon it will just be the Play Store and that’s it :)

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Is this better than the stock GS3 keyboard? I haven’t been messing with keyboards since my Droid X

    • Sean Royce

      Yes, it’s at least 50x better. The Samsung keyboard sucks.

    • taz89

      Samsung keyboard is completely sh** … this is infinitely better without a doubt and is one of the best keyboards out there imo

  • gloriousnumber1

    I like this way better than my Samsung keyboard with numbers on the top constantly!

  • idongacha

    Now if i could just get Photosphere I’d be ecstatic

  • shonangreg

    Funny. Google Play lists the keyboard as being compatible with my tablets but not as being installable in my device’s country for my phones. First time I’ve seen this. Both tablets are straight, Japanese versions. (Nexus 7, ThinkPad Tablet; Japanese Galaxy Note, Casio G’zOne, MK802 also wrong country…)

    • KOLIO

      Try extracting the .apk from the tablet & side-load it on your phone.
      I had to do the exact opposite w/my tablet for a few apps & it worked.

      Also tried the opposite,side-loading apps on my phone (that the store said weren’t compatible) extracted from my tablet,just to see if it’d work & it did for some,but,not all.

      • shonangreg

        Thanks, I might do that.

  • SocalTeknique

    Meh, nothing beats the keyboard of the G1 :p

  • TheHowiie

    I’ve been wanting one of these for a while for my s3. The Kii keyboard is cool but stock is always better in the end.

  • fly’nfree

    Htc one keyboard is enough for me, i’ve just install nova launcher right now plus power toggle and it looks like pure Android.
    Let me see if I’m going to like it.

  • MADEinD3TROIT

    This looks like googles way of circumventing the patent law from apple that took away autocorrect. They’re offering it to us for free.

  • Justin Strong

    This is so awesome! leave it to google to continually impress me with android

  • UMA_Fan

    Love the stock Google Messaging app. Hope that comes next. The next thing Google should work on is to have android to android sms go through data like how iOS’s imessages work. The main reason for this is that so when you sms pictures you don’t have all that image compression we all currently experience when texting pictures.

    • Dan

      yeah seriously, the image compression annoys me to no end

    • ryan rochford

      go download Google hangouts, wait about 3 months, update the app, profit.

  • thedicemaster

    this is ridiculous, why include Dutch but refuse to let Dutch people install it?

    • Max Struever

      What issue are you having? I am in Amsterdam and was able to download it and use the Dutch dictionary. Which is awesome because the stock swype only allowed english and spanish.
      one issue that might be the difference for me: I have a US-only phone, Droid 4, and my google play account might be associated with the US.

      • thedicemaster

        Deze app is compatibel met geen van uw apparaten.
        KPN Samsung EK-GC100
        Dit item kan niet worden geïnstalleerd in het land dat voor uw apparaat is geselecteerd.
        Galaxy Note 2
        Dit item kan niet worden geïnstalleerd in het land dat voor uw apparaat is geselecteerd.

        • Max Struever

          Jammer

  • http://none Cosmo UK

    It’s fast an and simple. I like the floating word bubble and it’s fast!

  • Daniel Keane

    Thank god, this is easily the best keyboard app, I tried all of the top ones on my Nexus 4 but kept going back to stock. Since upgrading to the GS4 I’ve missed the stock keyboard big time, the Samsung one is shockingly bad too.

  • Dan

    This is great, I kept looking for alternatives to the Samsung keyboard. Just installed this app and tested it out with a few text messages, seems to work perfectly, very smooth. Would be nice to have the option to have numbers on top row all the time (like TW Note 2 keyboard).

    ***edit: major flaw, it can’t handle two languages at once like the TW keyboard, I need to switch manually then going from french to english… this sucks for swyping

    • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

      Swype does a very nice job of switching languages.

      • Dan

        Yeah but not Google keyboard sadly, you have to tell it if your switching languages. I’m back to using stock touchwiz keyboard with swype activated, it does a good job for french/english but I wanted to try out the Google one.

  • iAMtimmah

    I for one am grateful for this. I’ve been using swype on my HTC One, but can’t stand it for the moments where I actually need to finger type. Googles keyboard is the best of both worlds.

  • Michael

    So they release keyboard that starts automatically when the phone is restarted. This was by far the most annoying SwiftKey bug. SwiftKey claimed it was an Android bug…..guess that one’s never getting squashed.

  • Gibz

    GS4’s keyboard is great, however I am used to SwiftKey lol. Wonder what has gotten into Google lately?? :P

  • Sean Seckar

    Switched to Android a few months ago and this keyboard is the one I have been looking for! Finally tried out the swipe function and I am hooked! Bye Bye iPhone and not looking back

  • No_Nickname90

    This is good news. I don’t really like software keyboards. The only good one that I’ve used was SwiftKey, but then it’s not good when I start inserting symbols, like so:

    =.P
    (‘o’)/
    T_T

    That would have been near impossible on SwiftKey without turning off prediction because of the way it spaces it’s characters.

    Stock Keyboard is good because it fixes “Hellobthere” Notice the “b”. LoL!! It would have made a space. So I’ve always used stock keyboard. And it’s nice with my symbols. LoL!!

  • Ryan Lounsbury

    Shouldn’t all of Google’s stock apps be pre-installed under the OEM skin letting the user decide which version they want to run? This makes me happy and want to facepalm at the same time.