Free Android 4.2 keyboard with gesture typing now available in the Google Play Store (update: now available for ICS devices)

by: Joe HindyNovember 14, 2012

Android 4.2
The world of Android got a lot more exciting recently with the release of the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10. So exciting, in fact, that Google had to postpone the release in several countries in order to not run out of stock. However, those who aren’t upgrading their devices are still patiently waiting for Android 4.2 to come to their device. For now, you can at least give the Android 4.2 keyboard a shot for free.

Google Play Store developer Honso has released the Android 4.2 keyboard for people to try out. This includes the awesome gesture typing we’ve all heard so much about. Unfortunately, there are some issues with it. For instance, it only comes in English. Perhaps even worse is that it is only compatible with devices running Android 4.1 right now. Honso says that there is an effort to back port the Android 4.2 keyboard to at least Gingerbread.

Issues aside, the keyboard works as intended. Even down to seeing the word being swiped as you’re swiping it. So for anyone who wants to give the latest Android 4.2 keyboard a shot, now is your chance. You can download it at the Google Play Store for free right now. Has anyone given it a shot yet?

Honso has updated the keyboard to be compatible with ICS devices. It may be buggy and crash on some devices, though. (Thank you Mr. Bowley for letting us know!)

Sorry folks, looks like the links are down and, after a cursory search, appears to longer be available on the Google Play Store. Keep an eye out for more details.

  • Not compatible with my t989

    • josenaves

      Yes, I cannot see it on Play

  • Bharat Chhatre

    using it on Xperia Sola with ICS, its good, but I will say its not quite as good as Xperia’s inbuilt(ics) swypelike keyboard.

    at least on my first hands on review :)

  • zamir yusof

    try it already but switched back to swype because there is no auto add for new words

  • wtf it’s not the “real android keyboard” that comes with 4.2 just another Swype wannabe, might as well use the real thing until you get the OF A, not sure why this was news, Swype still much the best of the third party keyboards.

  • Porpok

    the link to Google Play Store is stop working now…

  • ratatattata

    Sais link is not valid :c
    Couldn’t find address or something.

  • Raj

    The app has been removed…..