Why Wait For Jelly Bean, Grab Android 4.2's Fancy New Keyboard Now

By Gary Cutlack on at

A slightly unfinished but perfectly usable version of Google's new gesture-based Android 4.2 keyboard has been made available online, which should work for just about anyone using a phone or tablet running Google's Android 4.0 code or higher.

The updated keyboard, which is one of the big selling points of Google's forthcoming Android 4.2 release, offers similar functionality to that of the popular Swype app, letting users type by drawing a line between the letters of a word. There's also a predictive element in it as well, copying the excellent SwiftKey alternate keyboard, so it's well worth trying, even if the design of this leaked build (with the bizarre blue pop-up words) is slightly rougher than that of the finished code.

Android Police, which originally distributed the ripped out keyboard APK, has been asked to remove the file by Google after the software giant requested it stops distributing unfinished code, but you can still find it online if you look hard enough (like, say here). [Android Police]