Having finally seen the Android 2.3 Gingerbread release happen, I can't tell you how happy I am. All I can say is that this is better than Christmas and New Year's Eve combined!

Amidst all this holiday spirit and joy in the air, one amazing person (Peter Alfonso of Bugless Beast) has already ported the Android 2.3 keyboard to rooted 2.2 devices. Be sure to thank him kindly for the following Android 2.3 keyboard port. I should warn you, however, that at this point the keyboard does not have a proper functioning dictionary, auto-correct is not working, and multi-touch is not active. However, if you're still interested and want to try out the new Android keyboard, take a look at the instructions below!


How to Download and Install

Update: Peter Alfonso just posted a new version, which fixes the broken text prediction. Please re-download it below (the link remains the same).

  1. Download the .zip file containing the repackaged keyboard here.
  2. Save the .zip file to your SD card.
  3. Boot your Android 2.2 device into recovery mode.
  4. Flash the .zip file containing the 2.3 keyboard.
  5. Reboot your device.

After enabling, you have to actually switch to the new keyboard by opening any text field and long pressing on it. In the menu that pops up, you should click on "Input Method" before finding "Android Keyboard" as one of the choices.


Good luck, and happy typing!

Source: Droid-Life

  • http://net.damhamaza.com Azam

    not working for wildfire...

  • Jaymoon

    Works great on 2.2 Evo (Warm ROM).

    Looks cool and has a nice layout, but Swype is still #1 for me, Vlingo keyboard as a #2 backup, and I suppose this keyboard as a comfortable 3rd choice.

    • sketch

      Since google bought BlindType a while ago i was hoping this would be the blindtype incorporated keyboard but alas its not. Though the layout does look similar if i remember right, it doesnt do the blindtype stuff :)

  • Ruben

    No go on G2 running CM 6.1.0.

  • http://www.waiel.com Ws78

    how to uninstall it and get the stock back pls help :(

    • Adam

      Just long press any text field, choose "Input Method" and choose another one. Easy peasy.

  • jedimasterasd

    installs and runs fine on Nexus One CM6.1 but auto correct is awful.

  • jedimasterasd

    Here is a new flashable zip that works and has corrected the auto correct problems.


  • SB

    Works on Nexus One with Cyanogenmod 6.1.0!

  • Adam

    Why is the name of the file linked in the article (fixed version) called "HybridLauncher.zip"? I honestly don't trust files with names that don't reflect what they're supposed to be, especially when the original filename was GingerbreadLatinIME.zip. Methinks you posted the wrong link?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You're right, copied the wrong tweet. Very sorry!

  • david

    Artem, I need Russian (judging from your name, you 2). Does it have it?

  • Darshan

    keyboard is awesome but.. the last key had a problem with hold n press for smileys !

  • koiutree

    Worked fine with my evo I agree with victor, Spanish predictions are not working. The keys feel smaller i still prefer swifkey!

  • http://twitter.com/SilasSchwarz Silas

    not working on hero running lastest villian release. recovery mode refuses to apply zip

  • aj

    Working great on my rooted EVO! :D

  • Hengehog

    I got it working on the slide using pconwell's link. I like it so far. Thanks all for getting this working!

  • Andrew Woodvine

    Working fine on my HTC Desire. I've tried the voice input and it can now understand my English accent - never worked before. Great!

  • Inspektor Gadget

    Looks good and works good Nexus one CM 6.1

  • Carlos

    I like it, but no spanish predictions and tts doesn't work with this keyboard either.

    • Carlos

      Edit,tts works, just lags

  • http://www.aitype.com Noam Rotem

    A.I.type will be releasing a beta version for Android in two weeks. Our text prediction service is something to type home about! Until it's released, you may try our PC version (download from http://www.aitype.com). Feedback is always appreciated.

    • http://www.aitype.com Noam Rotem



      We offer a revolutionary text prediction service.

  • halfez

    Hey, the keyboard is great, but how do you install the auto correction fix? Using nexus one cm 6.1.1

  • Halfez

    I tried using the boot loader to install it, but it doesn't work