Now this is big news for those who hate their stock Android keyboards. Google has just released its Google Keyboard app for smartphones and tablets running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. The new app by Google can now be freely downloaded from Google Play Store, although currently only available for English-speaking locales, but Google says that support for more countries will be added soon.

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The new Google Keyboard app provides gesture typing experience which lets you glide through letters to form a word, and just lift your finger to enter a space. This method is far more convenient and fast, compared to traditional method of tapping on each of the letters. Also the app provides automatic error correction, and word predictions. You can also tap the microphone icon to compose messages with voice typing. It features dictionaries for 26 languages, plus keyboard layouts for a dozen more.

This Google Keyboard is the same app that offers the typing experience on Nexus devices. If you’ve ever used the Nexus device, then the same keyboard can now be installed for other Android phones too, all thanks to this new app.

Here are the official features of the Google Keyboard:

  • Gesture Typing with dynamic floating preview
  • Voice Typing
  • Next-word suggestions and current-word completions
  • Dictionaries for 26 languages
  • Advanced keyboard layouts
  • Works across your Android devices (tablets and phones)

Now that the app is available in the Play Store, more Android users can get to experience the new superior gesture based typing experience, and not just those who’re using the Nexus device. If you’re an Android user, with v4.0 and above, then this app is for you.

Whenever the app gets any new feature, all Android users who have installed the app can get the advantage of this, and not just the Nexus users. For sure, Google has taken a step in the right direction.