Download: Google’s new 4.2 Stock Keyboard
The boys over at Android Police somehow have a system build of Android 4.2 and besides the fact of the lovely words I want to say about that, they are doing their best to give what they can to the community. This time they are coming out with the newest version of stock AOSP keyboard.
This new keyboard features word-prediction and other features that we know and love, but also includes Swype like gesture word completion. Pretty nifty feature for speedy typing. Anyways on to goods, here is how to download and install the new keyboard right onto your device, both the .zip and .apk are located in the .zip file you’ll be download. I suggest trying direct install first before flashing.
From the words of AndroidPolice:
You’ll need to be on Android 4.0+, to start.
If you’re on a phone with a UI overlay that has the stock keyboard disabled (eg, Samsung TouchWiz, HTC Sense, Sony), you can just download the apk below- no root required. To install, make sure you have “install from unknown sources” enabled in your phone settings, and after installation, go into your phone’s keyboard settings and enable “Android keyboard.” Then, you can switch to the new keyboard. This may also work on some ”stock” Android custom ROMs – but it will not work on stock Android builds distributed by Google.
If the apk doesn’t work, you’re running a phone that is either A.) running stock Android (as in, AOSP), or B.) running software that has the stock Android keyboard as an option, you’ll need to download this ZIP file, and flash it in recovery. That also means you’re going to need root. as you’ll be writing to /system/apps. Before you do, though, either back up the stock keyboard (if you don’t know how, you probably shouldn’t be doing this) or create a full image backup, just in case.
The download link is below. Now it’s up to Swiftkey Flow, before I deem a winner.
Source: Android Police