Google has made its stock keyboard app for phones and tablets available on the Play store now. If your device runs Android version 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and up, you will now simply be able to download Google's Keyboard and use it, regardless of your device's brand.
According to a post shared on the Android Google+ page, the Keyboard is rolling out to English speaking locales currently and other countries will be added to the list soon. The app comes with Gesture Typing added to it. Quite like SwiftKey and Swype, you can glide your finger through letters to form words and lift your finger to add a space.
For a Nexus experience
The Keyboard will predict the next word for you, complete your current word and even correct your errors. You can also dictate messages to the app using the Voice Typing feature. You need to simply tap on the microphone icon to compose messages using your voice.
Google's Keyboard comes bundled with dictionaries for 26 languages and keyboard layouts for at least a dozen more of them. The Google+ post mentions other similar keyboards, but downplays any kind of competition with the apps. “Android is an open platform, so you can customize your device to your liking; choosing your own keyboard is just one example of what’s possible – and there are a lot of great keyboards to choose from on Google Play. Some of our other favorites are SwiftKey and TouchPal,” Google writes.
The Keyboard is free to download unlike competitors that offer similar features for a price. Although its availability for devices running only Ice Cream Sandwich and up makes it inaccessible to a little less than half of the active Android devices in the market currently.
You can grab hold of Google Keyboard for no cost at all from the Google Play Store to give your device a Nexus-like experience when you type.