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    Default Android L "Material" keyboard rocks

    Not sure how to describe it...it is FAST...like response times are really really quick. Animations feel a lot more fluid. I used to think Swiftkey was fast, but this feels like another level.

    I didn't expect to like it. Swiftkey looks better in screenshots. But the L keyboard is just awesome. I am already typing much quicker on it. The keys are easier to see, the spacebar is easier to see, and all the emoticons are still there. Voice input seems a lot quicker as well.

    [APP][4.0+] Android L (5.0) - Apps, Keyboard APK, Wallpapers, Fonts, System Dump, etc - xda-developers

    I had to be rooted to use it. If you are using a non-nexus device, you might not need to be rooted. You install a 3rd party keyboard (any...I already had Swiftkey installed), and then delete or move the "LatinImeGoogle.apk" from your system/app directory. Reboot. You can now install the new keyboard APK:

    [APP][4.0+] Android L (5.0) - Apps, Keyboard APK, Wallpapers, Fonts, System Dump, etc - Post #92 - XDA

    If you are using a non-Nexus device, you may not have to move anything. You might just be able to install the APK like any other.

    This will work on KitKat for sure, and at least one guy is claiming to have it running on JB (4.2.2).

    (remember that you can always install the current keyboard again if you want...it is called "google keyboard" in the Play store).
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    I agree. I haven't installed Swiftkey yet because I like the new keyboard so much.

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    Tried downloading & it installed mobie genie whatever the hell that is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smply_Rcklss View Post
    Tried downloading & it installed mobie genie whatever the hell that is
    Think you might have clicked on the wrong link. I got only the keyboard APK.

    If you mouse over the download link, it should say "http://fs1.d-h.st/download/00127/YmI/LatinImeGoogle_noroot.apk". I am not seeing Mobile Genie on my Nexus at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    Think you might have clicked on the wrong link. I got only the keyboard APK.

    If you mouse over the download link, it should say "http://fs1.d-h.st/download/00127/YmI/LatinImeGoogle_noroot.apk". I am not seeing Mobile Genie on my Nexus at all.
    I did click the wrong thing lol I got it though it's a pretty slick

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    Keyboard *

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    (remember that you can always install the current keyboard again if you want...it is called "google keyboard" in the Play store).
    Within the advanced settings, last two layouts are still available under Color scheme.
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    Because it comes with the Google Keyboard, the unrooted Moto X can't get this update. (We can't uninstall the original app, just updates to it and/or disable).
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    The material keyboard is up from a fan on the play store, for those wanting no to root or apk it

    I don't have a play link, but a search using android L and keyboard will get you there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Holly View Post
    The material keyboard is up from a fan on the play store, for those wanting no to root or apk it

    I don't have a play link, but a search using android L and keyboard will get you there
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...utmethod.latin

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    Oh man this material keyboard is SUPER slick!

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    I've only played with it a bit since reading this thread but I have to say that I really like it.
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    I think it's great, but I wish there were a number row.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    I think it's great, but I wish there were a number row.
    You can get numbers from the top row, you just need to long press on the keys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mogelijk View Post
    You can get numbers from the top row, you just need to long press on the keys.
    Um...yes. I know that. That's how almost all keyboards work. I just wish there was a dedicated number row like there is with SwiftKey. I don't like having to longpress to be able to type numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Um...yes. I know that. That's how almost all keyboards work. I just wish there was a dedicated number row like there is with SwiftKey. I don't like having to longpress to be able to type numbers.
    Fair enough. I figured you did but just in case (or in case someone else out there didn't realize).
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    Tried it. Did not like. For starters: Numeric mode needs to present a numeric keypad layout.
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    Sounds like its fast, but I regret the creeping Ive'ization (iOS flatness) if this is any example of the next Android. Leave bland and unhelpful to Apple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Stoneface View Post
    Tried it. Did not like. For starters: Numeric mode needs to present a numeric keypad layout.
    I'll agree. I don't like that they changed that on the new keyboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mumfoau View Post
    Oh man this material keyboard is SUPER slick!

    Sent from my LG G2 using Tapatalk
    Man,d/l from playstore.Works great color is super,the key placement is better than ever, can't wait for full build for my G2, waiting for g3 to installit on. It is quick.
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    The apk from XDA is working just fine

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    Where did all the 3d go. Sad..
    Maybe im the only one who likes raised keys which gives a depth.
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    I'm loving this keyboard too. Way better than Swiftkey that I had. The placements of the keys and how spaced out they are makes it awesome.

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    Does the keyboard by chance have the ability to delete an entire word like SwiftKey by swiping to the left?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...utmethod.latin

    Quote Originally Posted by N4Newbie View Post
    I've only played with it a bit since reading this thread but I have to say that I really like it.
    I notice this is gone from Play Store; anyone know why?

    Is it still safe to use?
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