Could Google’s new Gesture Typing keyboard show up as standalone app in Google Play Store?

Earlier today some folks discovered apk files for Google’s “Gesture Typing” keyboard. As you may recall, Gesture Typing is a new feature included in the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. The new functionality provides an input method similar to Swype, letting users glide their fingers from letter to letter on the keyboard instead of having to tap the letters.

According to reports, two different versions methods to install the keyboard were available. One was a plain apk file that could be loaded directly onto a device as long as one was running one of the many manufacturer’s UI layers like TouchWiz or HTC Sense. Those running a device with a plain or stock Android install, had to go through the additional steps of rooting their device then flashing the keyboard onto the device.

Common to both versions of the keyboard was success in installing and using the keyboard on devices running at least Android 4.0 or higher. Since the news broke, Google appears to be in the process of asking anyone providing the files to take them down, claiming the keyboard is unfinished software.

It is not clear whether the keyboard was ever meant to be a standalone app that could be installed outside of Android 4.2. Now that so many people have seen it and unfinished versions are floating in the wild, we may see it show up in the Google Play Store as an app similar to the standalone calendar app that Google recently made available.

source: Android Police

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • oh interesting from google

  • Separating core Google services from Android itself is the only way Google has to really fight fragmentation. The more services they can extend out, the better in my opinion. I may just be jaded though – my phone is stuck on Android 2.3.4 with no plans to be updated.

    • piratesmvp04

      Cyanogenmod is your friend.

  • Yes that would seem to be an easy solution. I installed it last night and have it running nicely from on my Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which runs ICS.