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Download: Gingerbread Keyboard for Rooted Devices (Updated)

What a day it has been! We finally have our 2.3 Gingerbread release and everyone is happier than a boy on Christmas morning.

While all this joy is in the air, Droid-Life has been exclusively gifted with a Gingerbread Keyboard Port! Thanks to Peter Alfonso of Bugless Beast, we are sitting on some 2.3 goodness.  So after the jump, we will have instructions and the ‘how to’ on getting this on your phone!  

In the subject I mentioned this is for rooted devices only. Why? Because stock phones don’t have the rights to install .libs. Sorry non-roots! But hey, time to start looking into the subject of rooting?

Update:  Check out our hands-on of the new Gingerbread keyboard!



*Should work on ALL rooted 2.2 Android devices.

*Droid X and 2 users, see note after instructions.  (Some DX users are seeing miniature versions.  Again, MAKE A BACKUP.)

*Won’t work on 2.1.  You need the newest Voice Search app from the market.

*Good idea to make a back up of your LatinIME.apk from your /system/app folder in case something goes wrong.

1. Download .zip file HERE (This is the new fixed version.)
2. Place on root of SD Card and boot into Recovery.
3. Install .zip as you would themes etc.
4. Reboot and select “Android Keyboard” under Input Method and you are good to go.

*Note* – DX users, “In Clockwork, go to mounts and storage>mount system and then back to install .zip from sd card”.

I hope you all enjoy everyone! Anyone wanna take a gander at what else is next from 2.3?


Please show love to Peter by following his work on his Twitter.
And be sure to check out all of his work on his website! We love this guy!

  • Thanks for sharing..Now I can use gingerbread without difficulty.

  • devilsephiroth

    Shrinked keyboard in landscape. Droid x .

  • devilsephiroth

    Shrinked keyboard in landscape. Droid x .

  • Shaynesaw

    I followed the instructions and it didn't take. just comes up with the same keyboard as before. any ideas anyone?

  • Last time I hit mount system it bricked my phone. So can someone explain how to do this properly so it doenst happen again.

  • Blueback

    I am running a Samsung Captivate/ Galaxy S rooted and I am running Froyo.

    When I use ROM Manager or try to install this manually it is telling me:

    –Install from package…
    Finding update package…
    Opening update package…
    Verifying update package…
    E:failed to seek in /cache/update.zip (Invalid argument)
    E:signature verification failed

    — Applying Multi-CSC…
    Installing Multi-CSC
    Installation aborted.

    What's going on here?

  • So does this work for the D1 or whats the deal with that?

  • galaxy s 2.2. doesn't work for me.

  • Ithc42

    Beware this soft bricked my mt4g. Followed the instructions to the letter and after doing so it did not install so tried again and it soft bricked the device. I am rooted and s=off no custom roms etc. Any ideas why this happened?

  • Cbuy

    Won't install on my Milestone (2.2.1 GOT Telus). Message “signature verification failed” !!!

  • I got an error when I attempted to install the .zip via recovery on my rooted HTC Hero CDMA it said…
    “Verifying update package…
    E: Missing file:
    E: Verification failed

    Installation aborted”

    P.S. running Cyanogenmod 6.1 Stable Heroc

  • cant get it to work on my droid 2 :/ force closes


  • 11whowie

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris

    keeps forceclosing on droid 2. did the instructions.

  • Apop17

    So this new version has auto correct fixed?

  • polizz

    No way to select the keyboard after reboot on rooted Verizon DINC. I don't even see a keyboard selection menu under input settings. The installation process under clockworkmod said it was successful, but no dice. Also tried reinstalling it with /system mounted.

    • fathersarge

      Same. HELP!

    • fathersarge

      Fixed. go to a text screen (say in a txt message) and long press on the text area. menu appears, select input method and choose android keyboard

      This is for DINc

  • Areyouthere389

    Installed the updated keyboard from fab and now it shows two keyboards in settings. One force closes constantly but the other os working fine. OG Droid.

  • G1 user

    will this work on a g1? (running cyanogen mod 6.0.0)

  • discord2k

    I installed it but it does not show up. Everything works as normal though. Is it ok to just leave it installed or should I go ahead and reload my back up?

    Aria w/ froyo

  • I keep getting error (status 0) on Sprint HTC Hero with android 2.2.1 rooted CM6.1
    I went back and tried clearing dalvik cache, then applying the update but same error “Status 0”

  • adam

    I got an “installation aborted” from cm on my DX. I had dowloaded the gingerbreadkb.zip file before the update. Ill try it again

    • adam

      Tried again with the “fixed” zip. Got it to install this time but it kept force closing. Had to revert to the back-up



    • adthom1

      Sweet… works great

    • Boxytheboxed

      Not working for me. Damn you buggy apps!!!!

  • Cant flash the .zip. Says Im missing the LatinIME apk.

    NexusOne running MIUI RodriguezStyle MOD 1.8

  • ragman

    when you tap a word to replace with a suggested word, it adds it to the text field instead of replacing it.
    thats on my desire. is that the same problem with everyone else??

    • Jimmalachi

      i have the same problem, but on my droid1. can't find a fix yet.

    • Jimmalachi

      I have the same problem, but on my droid1

  • Winteum

    can't install on milestone with openrecovery

  • RT

    Original Droid – not getting past M screen, I took a backup but i have the new FRG83 build (officially). when I go into recovery to restore, i just get the yellow !. WTF?

  • I'm trying to install this on a rooted HTC Droid Eris, running KaosFroyo v38, to no avail… Can someone please explain how to do this?

  • Do people still use smiley faces? Why is that button taking up some much god damn real estate on my screen???

  • Mrdat

    The updated version bricked my DINC. Original file seemed to work somewhat but after flashing the updated one, phone got stuck on HTC screen. Fortunately I was able to recover using Titanium.

  • rockymtnhigh

    Cool, but I'll skip with swype. Not worth creating problems on my DX for something I probably won't use.

  • Thanks Adam, I was gonna let everyone know that Pete also released a working one on his twitter around 11:30pm (Eastern) last night.

  • M1ghtysauc3

    Tiny screen is annoying as piss. Thank God for backups.

  • sam

    hmm.. doesnt seem to be working on evil's NXSense HD rom :s probably because there wasnt't the default android keyboard originally?

  • Cunt

    bricked my EVO.

  • guest

    Works fine on evo, warm 2.2

  • wugui

    FC here. Dell streak, baseband 00 us unlocked froyo

  • wugui

    bricked my original keyboard.

    dell streak unlocked froyo here.