All the news yesterday made our heads spin. We knew it wouldn’t take too long for some of the new features described in Android 4.2 to find their way over to other devices. The one we are really hoping gets modified up is the Photo Sphere ability in the new camera. That might be asking a little to much so early after the announcement. It does look like one of the new goodies is out in the wild though. The new swype style stock Android keyboard app is now available for just about anyone to install. It will depend on your device and a few other things though.
First off, you will need to be on Android 4.0+ to even think about installing it.
If you are utilizing a stock device by Samsung, HTC, Sony or any other number of manufacturers where the stock keyboard from Google is disabled, you should have no issue downloading the apk and installing like normal even without ROOT. It may also work on some stock built ROM’s but any straight build from Google is not going to work in this manner. You can always give it a shot, worst case scenario is it won’t install.
Android 4.2 Keyboard APK
Now if it fails on you then you will need to flash the little zip file below instead. Of course that means you will need root and need to know how to flash a zip file. As a precaution, you should make a backup of the app just in case anything goes wrong or you absolutely hate it. You can also just make a backup of your whole ROM if you want.
Android 4.2 Keyboard flashable ZIP
Once you get it all installed and running, be sure to let us know how it compares to which ever keyboard app you already use daily, especially if that keyboard is Swype.
Original story and files from AndroidPolice