Google Keyboard gains one major feature in version 5.1


It seems like it was just yesterday Google rolled out version 5 of its keyboard on Android. Those on the newly released Android N Developer Preview can install version 5.1 of the Google Keyboard, which includes one substantial new feature.

The update is only for those running Android N, but sources have got it working partially on earlier versions of Google’s mobile OS. Update at your own risk.

Version 5.1 comes with one major new feature, a customizable theme engine. Google Keyboard users can set different themes including colors, presents, and even images. You can set just one color to be in the background behind your keyboard, or create your own palette of colors to be displayed. Most interestingly, you’ll also be able to set images of your own as your keyboard background. These can be played around with and customized under settings.

Not only will you have the ability to change the background behind the numbers and letters, but changing the text color is also now possible. As promised by Google at I/O 2016, the keyboard also implements the latest set of emojis full with women, people of different skin colors, and occupations. On top of this lies all the features that were new to version 5 such as the emoji  bar, key outlines, and a height that’s suitable to adjustments to fit your preference. There are lots to play around with; it’s great to see that Google is giving us more options. Grab it as an APK file down below!

Source: APKMirror

About the Author: Doug Demagistris

Doug was raised in New York and currently attends Muhlenberg College where he is majoring in Accounting. He has been a die-hard Google and Android enthusiast ever since he purchased the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Doug strongly prefers Android over competitors for its customization, flat Material Design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug switches between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 5X, and travels with a Nexus 9. In addition, Doug wears an Android Wear smartwatch and has other gadgets such as a Nexus Player and Cardboard viewer. Aside from writing with Talk Android, Doug enjoys testing new applications, designing concepts and studying Android application development all while attempting to keep up with the rapid world of technology. He’s hopeful that his high productivity will make lives easier and more meaningful. Doug’s dream is to attend Google I/O.

  • kim schulz

    would love if it was possible to make it somewhat “transparent” so I only had the lines around the keys + the text on them