The stock Google Keyboard is now an official Android app that can be installed for free through Google Play. This is the same keyboard that was introduced with Jelly Bean (Android 4.2), that includes Gesture typing, a way to swipe from letter-to-letter to spell out words. It should also actively predict words on-screen as you gesture between letters, making this one of the smartest keyboards you’ll use. After spending tons of time with it on my Nexus 4 over the last few months, I can tell you that this new 4.2 keyboard has been one of my favorites to use. This is a great day for keyboard enthusiasts.
So for those of you without a stock Android device (like the Galaxy S4 or HTC One), this is your chance to get in on the action. It also works great on tablets. Once you install and open for the first time, Google will walk you through a tutorial to enable it.
Update: The Android Google+ page has now announced the release of the Google Keyboard. We should point out that this is for Android 4.0+ devices.