Android 4.2 official keyboard with swiping gestures, 4.2 clock now available for 4.0 ICS and 4.1 Jelly Bean

November 3, 2012
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Google has learned much from the developer community, and is actually incorporating popular tweaks and functionalities whenever it releases major updates. For instance, Android smartphone and tablet users benefit from alternative keyboards like Swype, which enables gesture-based typing. With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, this is supported by the operating system out-of-the-box.

But if your phone is not yet running the latest iteration of Android, you can already install the official Android 4.2 keyboard and clock, thanks to a system dump from a Nexus 4. Google has previously asked technology sites to take down links to the unfinished version of the keyboard app. However, since the latest hack involves the official version, Google doesn’t seem to mind.

XDA-Developer member “Gnufabio” has taken the liberty of porting the keyboard and clock apps from 4.2 to earlier versions of Android, so that users who do not have access to a 4.2 device yet can still use the new features.

You can check out the source links for download and installation instructions. As with most hacks and tweaks, your mileage may vary, depending on what device you are using. A few highlights

  • Installing the 4.2 keyboard might cause force closes on either the new keyboard or the stock Android keyboard. You can freeze the stock keyboard with TitaniumBackup if you keep getting crashes.
  • Keyboard works for Android 4.0 ICS and up.
  • The new clock app might have random crashes while in the backgroudn. Some issues persist, including incorrect display of the stopwatch notification.
  • Clock works for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

I suppose everyone is excited to get 4.2 on their Android devices. But knowing how carriers and manufacturers tend to delay these major updates, you can at least have a taste of 4.2 Jelly Bean on your current Android release through these tweaks.

Comments

  • Matt

    okay seriously..where the hell is the link people

    • jangeloracoma

      You can also check out the “sources” line, which links to Gnufabio’s site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Richard.Sadler.NZ Richard Sadler

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1964663 is the thread on XDA, and instructions and links are there

    • Matt

      THANK YOU :”D

  • http://twitter.com/thezymo zymo

    You can clearly see which road Android is taking. Iteration by Iteration gestures are becoming more relevant in Android. In about 18-24 month (or maybe even earlier) Android will get rid off the on-screen navigation buttons, so that the whole UI will be gesture based like BB10 or MeeGo-Harmatan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000338649747 Omario Amriky

    WIPE CACHE AND DATA OF THE APP TO GET RID OF FCs