Android L (5.0) launches with a new Google Keyboard. The new Google Keyboard, found in Android L developers preview, comes with a very modern look with a flatter theme. This new Google keyboard has been extracted from the Android L factory images that Google pushed for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 to the developers, which means you can download Android L keyboard APK and flash-able .zip file.
If you’ve not installed the developers preview of Android L on your Nexus device, you can still try the new keyboard included in Android L, thanks to bejunk and asdfzz at XDA-Developers. The developer has managed to extract the Android L keyboard APK file along with the required library files and created a flash-able package for all the devices running Android Kitkat.
Download Android L Keyboard
Android L keyboard is also available for download both as an APK file and a flash-able .zip package. It’s said to be compatible with KitKat devices. Download links are here:
Install Android L keyboard
Here are the steps to install Android L keyboard with available files.
Install APK file
- Installing an APK file is pretty straight forward. Tap on the downloaded keyboard APK file and install it.
Install flash-able.zip file
To install a flash-able .zip file, your device must be rooted and have a custom recovery installed. If you fulfill these requirements, installing Android L keyboard is pretty straight forward.
- Once you’ve downloaded the .zip package of the keyboard, copy it to your sdcard, reboot into recovery and flash it from there.
- Then wipe Delvik Cache and reboot.
If the automatic installation doesn’t work for you, you will have to manually install the keyboard. Here are the steps:
- Install Root Explorer.
- Extract the downloaded .zip file.
- Copy the LatinImeGoogle.apk to /system/app; long press on APK, choose change permissions, now make the ticks like in attached picture.
- Copy the libjni_latinimegoogle.so to /system/lib; like above, long press, & change permissions.
- Reboot system into recovery and wipe Delvik cache. Reboot!
Once you’ve installed the Android L keyboard, go to Settings and Activate Google keyboard. To enable Material theme (Introduced in Android L), go to Keyboard Settings > Advanced Settings > Color Scheme and select Material option.