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Google Keyboard 2.0 Rolling Out to All, Brings in Kit Kat Features (Updated: With Links)

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Google started pushing out a big update through Google Play to Google Keyboard last night, one that jumps the version up to 2.0 and brings it on-par with the new Kit Kat keyboard introduced with Android 4.4. Once updated, you’ll see the new grey theme, a shortcut to Emoji (though it’s not quite Kit Kat Emoji), and the ability to trace out sentences by brushing over the spacebar. If you have not yet received it through Google Play, hang tight, we should have a link for you in a minute.

Update:  Here are the download links for those wanting to sideload.  Download Link [mirror]

Play Link

Cheers Shawn!

  • mcdonsco

    Does anyone know how or if there is a way to get the enter button back instead of the damn emoticon button? Drives me NUTS as I regularly have to send long texts (clients) and need to seperate comments/ideas etc in the process.

    Wtf was Google thinking by ditching the enter button anyway?

  • muhammad omer

    This update SUCKS ! After the 4.4 keybord update , the Enter Key is gone , and instead there is an icon of Emoji . Can anyone tell me where the enter key is gone ? How to enter in a new line. ?

  • jefbystereo

    This seems to work FAR better than before on my GNEX, it appears from comments that others are seeing performance increase as well.

  • Carlyle C. Wilson

    I like the other Google Keyboard Theme Better and I was expecting better emojis. Coming from the Swiftkey Beta 4.3, I was expecting more.

  • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

    Does this guess your swiped words better than Swype? I tried Flow (Swiftkey) and it can’t keep up with Swype, but honestly, Swype still seems too clunky to me a lot of the time, so I’m always looking.

  • Matt Bolton

    Is there any way to switch back to the previous version?

  • droidrazredge

    Can anyone point me to the reason why I can’t use the same emoji’s as the screenshots that the google play store show ? All I get are the standard default emoji’s I’ve always had.

    • droidrazredge

      These are the emoji’s I’m referring to.

  • Amit

    I’ve been using the SMS integration on Hangouts for over a week now on
    my Galaxy SII. The only thing I don’t like is the way you have to search
    for contacts to send a new text. It shows all contacts not just ones
    from the contacts I have shown under my regular contacts. Controlling
    what contacts show would be nice. However, once you text the contact at
    least once they are in the recent messages and it isn’t too bad. I can
    easily get use to it. Or, I could just switch my SMS app to something
    else since KitKat makes changing SMS apps easier now.

    http://technology-mix.blogspot.in/

  • Ahku Droid

    Why would I want to ditch the enter key for a group of emotionally challenged icons? I was happy when they got rid of it on the stock keyboard during the OG Droid days. Now the annoying button is back. It should be a submenu, not something to slow typing.

    Google needs to realize not all of us are teenage girls…

    • j

      gah didn’t even realize the enter key was gone.. what the hell, thanks obama.

      • Weber

        Just noticing that? That’s my biggest complaint. I never use emojis. I just want to be able to send one text that is able to be separated by a line break.

  • Inquizitor

    This keyboard is terrible. Not only does it perpetuate Kit Kat’s terrible trend of replacing Android’s blue accents with boring whites and greys, but the phone version unnecessarily moves all symbols around in the number view. The comma has been replaced by an underscore, and the asterisk has been moved to god knows where. What is this madness?!

    • Aero

      I couldn’t agree more. I have no problem with the color but the comma being moved really ticked me off

    • Matt Bolton

      I also agree, the keyboard updated on its own, and I’m not impressed.

    • HarvesterX

      Accidentally hit “Send” …I’m not finished typing. I’ll remove this sentence when I am.

      When using SwiftKey (and the previous Android keyboard), when typing on forums, well when typing in a text area on a web page, often the cursor will move up somewhere while I’m typing requiring me to go find where it jumped to and fix anything I screwed up. This behavior normally occurs after I’ve written at least a few paragraphs, so there’s a good chance it’ll happen during this reply. I only see it occur in text areas though, never text fields or password fields, but since it occurs after a lot of text has been written, this isn’t surprising. Only online…and in all the following browsers I’ve tried…Dolphin, Chrome, Stock, Xscope.

      I was surprised to see Xscope had been updated. I purchased it way back in the day, and around either the end of my Droid’s life or beginning of my Galaxy Nexus’ life, the developer seemed to have disappeared and we all gave up hope. Probably still have it installed if not for stock

  • RickyGrundyJr

    I love this keyboard, but my keyboard shortcuts are broke.

  • Shane Redman

    These are not the emoji we were looking for :(

  • Jeff C

    Installed on my D4 (I do a lot of one handed texting) and so far so good. I was using it before for awhile, but couldn’t take the lag so I alternated between that and Swiftkey or Fleksy Beta. This new version is much faster and smoother.

  • a3uge

    The google keyboard seems like the only keyboard that can handle spaces and punctuation correctly when gesture typing. With SwiftKey I’m constantly using the cursor to erase spaces, add them in, etc. With the Google keyboard, everything seems to just work.

  • mh0520

    Whatever happened to the google keyboard having prediction and learning as you type? I seem to remember at one point it was supposed to learn your typing behavior and use that for predicting next words, like swiftkey does, but it doesn’t seem to do that anymore.

  • toonz333

    I have this installed but don’t have a shortcut for the Emoji. Anyone else having this issue?

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      It’s the smiley button, and if you don’t see it, long-press “Send”.

      • toonz333

        thank you.

  • Mon

    where are the other emojis?

  • Butters619

    I’ve actually given up swiftkey in favor of the stock keyboard. I used to use swiftkey, but the “.com” button pushed me away. I tried going back after they got rid of the “.com” button and I never really found SK faster, mainly because the secondary screen with numbers and symbols shifts to not be in the same spot they were with long press.

    • JohnBergman

      I have been using Fleksy ( http://fleksy.com/ ). It is really minimal (takes very little to literally no space on the screen). Although there is a learning curve, I can type ridiculously fast on it due to all the available shortcuts.

      Also, it has an orgasmically good typing sound.

  • veRdiKt

    SWIFTKEY OR DIEEEE

    • bd1212

      While I do love Swiftkey for their amazing autocorrection and prediction technologies, their themes suck, and the keyboard seems awfully bloated to the point where it frequently lags and skips on my G2 running CM10.2 (meaning there’s no bloat to be lagging it down in the background). On the other hand, the Google keyboard is consistently speedy and offers very good autocorrection and prediction as well, it just takes a little longer to learn your typing habits than Swiftkey does. Once it’s learned your habits, though, I think it’s better than Swiftkey solely because of the speed.

  • JohnBergman

    “and the ability to trace out sentences by brushing over the spacebar”

    – I have not heard about this feature.. Can anyone fill me in on how this works?

    • @bleakneonblack

      If you swipe the spacebar it inserts a space, and you can swipe on to the next word.

      • JohnBergman

        Thanks!

    • Tim242

      Instead of tracing/swiping per word, you can swipe down to the space bar and keep going. It works well, but I prefer to do it one word at a time.

      • JohnBergman

        Ah interesting. I will have to try it, not sure if I will like that or not. Thanks!

  • Colton

    just really want those color emoji..especially since the 4.3 update for my s4 (verizon)

  • Tim242

    I’m not digging the grey popups, but it works well.

    • http://lostsync.net/ lostsync

      Yeah, I really like ICS blue as an accent in general and it worked well the way it was used on the keyboard. I’m not sure how grey is an improvement.

    • Chris

      Blue is my favorite color, and one reason I switched from Swiftkey is because I love the look of the Google Keyboard (blue was a huge selling point). I saw this 2.0 update on the Play Store, and I read that they use gray, so I now refuse to update it forever!

    • j

      I’m missing the blue theme already.. bye bye blue gesture trail :(

  • megoen

    Until they can add a simple feature like arrow keys and row programmable keys, they won’t be my keyboard of choice.

  • DodgerDroid

    So is the version that leaked from the N5 a newer build? The N5 version number is 2.0.19003.893803a compared to the screenshot which shows version 2.0.18933.905102a

    • AndroidUser00110001

      I am wondering the same…

    • h_f_m

      Interesting, I just looked in Google Market on my N5 and the version number is 1.1 something. I must be looking in the wrong place.

      EDIT: just looked under the App Info panel in settings and it is in fact 2.0.19003.893803a

    • RW-1

      Right there with you … pass, as it seems the N5 dump was newer …

    • XvierX

      I held off after noticing this as well.

  • Nick

    I have the update, but I don’t get a smile face button on Samsung Galaxy S4

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      It only appears on certain types of text fields. Try it in a hangout chat and I bet you’ll see it.

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Also, if you see a “Send” button, long press it and you’ll get the option for the emoji.

    • Rey Velasquez

      I just looked at my S4 4.3 (samsung keyboard) and it comes with a TON of emoji! long press the mic with the gear next to the space bar and then press on the smiley! I don’t like the keyboard but it serves as a major hub for emoji’s!

  • yahyoh

    Thank u Google for making it US only -_-

    • Ben Murphy

      Time to pack up your wife and kids!!

  • MacNificent

    I love the stock keyboard. But I love my G2 even more because when I need emojis I just hold the space bar down switch to LG’s keyboard pick smiley

    • ramifications

      Wow! I never knew the LG keyboard had all those great emojis! Thanks! I’ll do the same but using swiftkey as my main.

      • MacNificent

        No problem! I use to love swiftkey. Use to recommend it to everyone. Then Google came out with their own keyboard and I’ve been addicted to it’s minimal look and awesome functionality. Haven’t looked back at any other keyboard since.
        Enjoy your emojis. They work everywhere and everyone can see them!

    • DanielMena9

      Stock 4.3 and higher keyboard have emoji’s by long pressing the space bar. You just need to enable the japanese/emoji keyboard in the keyboard settings on Android.

      • MacNificent

        Well thanks but LG only wants me to be on 4.2.2 so…. I guess I’ll have to deal with that until Google loves me again

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  • Godzilla

    I might give it a try but in my experience so far nothing beats swiftkey.

    • Butters619

      I don’t like how the symbols in swiftkey change position when you switch to the secondary page. I get that they give you a numpad, but a numpad is pointless on a cellphone. The symbols should be in the exact same location the were for a long press.

    • mattybeee

      I have tried virtually every other keyboard out there – I can’t type without Swiftkey. Best keyboard available

  • @bleakneonblack

    OTAs imminent?

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Here’s hoping! My phone and tablet are ready and waiting!

  • Steven Libretti
  • Sirx

    My old busted Galaxy Nexus thanks the Google overlords for Services Framework m(..)m

    • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

      yes! This seems to have freed up ~30mb of RAM on my GNex.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    It’s also worth noting that they finally fixed the performance issues that plagued this keyboard on older, slower devices. You can actually use the swipe keyboard and it’s not laggy and jerky. This is the first time since Google has started updating the keyboard through the Play Store that it actually performs acceptably on the Motorola Xoom. I’m a happy camper.

    • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

      I’m a Swype user, currently. Can you compare the two? I’m always looking for Swype style keyboards that outperform my current one!

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Sorry, dude. I haven’t used Swype since it came preloaded on my old T-Mobile G2 back in 2010.

        • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

          Fair enough, thanks for the reply.

  • Eddie R

    i love the stock keyboard, even over many of the alternatives. i just really wish the special characters/punctuation was available as a long press in addition to numbers 0-9.

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Agreed. I’ve never found another Android keyboard that I like more than the stock one…but I fully concede that it may be because I’ve used it for the last 3 years.

      • Cowboydroid

        I like it, and used it for a while, but always found it difficult to change a word that prediction got wrong. It’s easier in Swype to change the word to an alternative, so that’s what I’ll keep using until Google improves it.

      • Weber

        I jus can’t stand that there’s no enter button.

    • Ethan T

      I’m using the JB keyboard that Google offers on the Play store, and if I long-press on comma (,), I get a small menu of basic punctuation choices. Is that not what you mean?

      • Butters619

        It would be nice if every symbol on the secondary page could be used with just a long press of the letter key in the same position.

        Not a keyboard killer, but it would be a nice feature.

      • Eddie R

        Nah… On CM for instance they have the stock keyboard with the special characters overlayed keys a-m just like the numbers are available as a long press on keys q-p

  • Guest

    how dare you post a “if you don’t have it, sit tight” article! where is the obligatory “if you can’t wait, get your APK on here” ? :)