We should have seen this one coming. After Android L’s revamped keyboard was ripped from a developer preview and repackaged for use with older Android builds, Google has pulled it from the Play Store. The app, which as a rip straight from Android L was far from the original creation of developer Shen Ye, was found to violate certain aspects of Google’s Developer Distribution Agreement.
What is really surprising is just how long it actually took for Google to take action. The Android L Keyboard had amassed 800,000 downloads since it appeared on Google Play shortly after last month’s Google I/O keynote.
Google currently offers their own Google Keyboard via the Play Store, and app which is more or less the same as Ye’s Android L Keyboard minus the Android L updates, particularly the Material Design theme. This surely isn’t the last we will see of the Android L Keyboard, however. For rooted users and those willing to side-load an APK, distribution channels outside of Google Play shouldn’t be too hard to track down.