Anyone who was hoping for big changes to the Google Keyboard's functionality is going to be disappointed with L. The performance and features are almost identical, but it looks a lot different. Don't freak out yet – the old themes are still there.

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The default look for Android L's keyboard is "Material." It uses borderless keys and a slate gray/pale green theme. I actually quite like it, but I've heard from a lot of you who feel very differently. Luckily, the advanced keyboard settings still includes a theme option. In addition to Material, you get white and blue themes.

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The white theme is the KitKat keyboard – it's exactly the same as it was before, and it still fits into the OS fine. At least right now it fits in... maybe as Material Design picks up steam, the old theme will start to feel more out of place. As for blue, that's the Jelly Beam theme with our old friend #33b5e5 Holo blue. It's weird Google would continue offering this, having moved away from Holo so completely (it's available in KitKat too). The only strange thing UI-wise is the clipping around the floating text bubble when you're using swipe input. It seems too small for the lettering. Otherwise, it's a nice tweak to the UI. Nothing groundbreaking.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • osm0sis

    I think Holo blue is still there because Google Keyboard is on the Play Store for a range of devices that may still be back on 4.2 or 4.3.

    • Danrarbc

      But the white is still the default on older versions too IIRC.

      • Roh_Mish

        It defaults to blue on jb.

  • mechapathy

    I like that, even with voice input turned on, the comma is back where it belongs: ON THE FRONT PAGE. Also, I like the new skin on the keyboard. It makes typing easier for me, since I'm not thinking about the boundaries of the keys.

  • Ian

    If only those new navigation buttons were optional as well...

    • thistimearound

      Oh my God. I never even noticed those. Why didn't someone say anything? Ugh. Does anyone know if there's a jailbreak available for Android L yet? Seriously need to jailbreak if we can...

      • Danrarbc

        It's called root. Yes there is. And they really aren't bad.

        • thistimearound

          lol, thanks for failing. AndroidPolice.com: where we'd rather complain and circle jerk than laugh.

      • cy_n_ic
        • thistimearound

          I hope you feel really cool. I'm honestly more saddened that the sarcasm was too thick. But go on, do your thing. You're awesome.

          • cy_n_ic

            Im saddened that you take it as sarcasm. Its more of a literal statement.

          • thistimearound

            Man, I'm just not getting through to you. I am saddened that MY sarcasm was too thick. But you being a giant asshole seems to be funny to everyone else. So please, carry on.

      • NinoBr0wn

        Can't tell if serious.

        • Jason Bourne

          He used the phrase "jailbreak" -- he doesn't own an Android phone.

          • thistimearound


        • thistimearound

          lol, the sarcasm detector has broken on this website apparently

    • maysider

      looks like Android with Sundar Pichai is going to be "faster, more simple, flat, design and great"
      Android is slowly becoming limited and dumb iOS without root possibility, openness WITHOUT BASIC FEATURES (eg. app backup)
      the day Android was really innovating is gone

      the stupidest ever are the new navigation buttons

      looks like Sundar Pichai has also hired some Johnny iVe stupidness

      • DonEmu

        Without root possibility?

        • Shining Wing

          I'm going to guess that he's assuming that since there isn't root now, there never will be.

          • maysider

            wrong, kiddie :)
            you do not know about KNOX and warranty anything right?

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            XDA already has it rooted.

        • maysider

          Google is going to integrate KNOX so with root you are going to lose your warranty

          • Daire O Connor

            Rooting any phone even without KNOX voids warranty. There's always a way around it. I've rooted my old S4, with KNOX on it. Unrooted it, reset the counter and it was back to having a full warranty within 30mins.
            Also unless you have evidence of Google implementing KNOX stop spewing your shit on AP. Try r/android where you might get idiots who believe you.

          • maysider

            no, I can root all my phones without KNOX and put back original ROM = warranty not void
            please, do not lie here

            you do not read news much, right?

            "Samsung and Google team up to integrate KNOX into Android’s next major release"

            do you feel like an idiot now? ;)

          • TDN

            You are completely incorrect. There is no way to put back the security that the original ROM has because you cannot replace what rooting removes.

            Just because you "un-root" it does not magically put the code back to the way it was.

            Once a phone has been rooted the code has been altered and anyone looking for the code alteration would be able to spot it.

            The only reason that your warranty can still be claimed is because your carrier is too lazy to check deeper than the obvious clues that the phone has been rooted.

            "Do you feel like an idiot now?"

          • maysider

            a proof you altered a phone somehow will void your warranty

            if you dont think so you must be very young or naive

          • TDN

            Yes, I know proof that you altered your phone will void your warranty and modifying the code to root is proof you altered your phone.

            Like I said, if the carriers decided to dive into the code, they could see the changes to the code. Once you root your device the code is modified from its original state, thus your warranty is void.

            Only they don't check that deep, they only check for things like superuser or other apps needing root.

          • Mozaik

            But there is no way to reset counter for latest version of s4 at note 3.

          • TedPhillips

            they are integrating a 'part' of knox. (see samsung's press release)

            my guess is that they are doing the software separation of roles in a similar way, without the complete hardware trust/e-fuse tie in. Just 2 cents, not a Knox expert - I generally shy away from samsung phones..

          • DonEmu

            Rooting a phone already loses warranty.

            If you unroot your phone, your warranty is still technically void. Your phone manufacturer might not have noticed you rooted though which lets you get away with it but doesn't change the fact that if they knew the phone was once rooted, they won't take it.

            Oh, and Android L has been rooted on XDA.

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          I think many people here are confusing root with custom recovery. installing a customized recovery trips Knox not simply rooting. It just so happens that rooting usually (but not always) needs a custom recovery. With that said it IS possible to revert KNOX to the state before it was tripped on certain devices. But honestly I never get the warranty through the carrier and use squaretrade and they don't care.

        • Randy Strye

          @maysider:disqus if you root your phone, you void the warranty plain and simple. if you unroot and do a warranty claim, that's technically fraud. i'm not saying that everyone doesn't do it, i'm just saying that it's like saying that disassembling your phone doesn't void the warranty as long as you put it back together and the manufacturer doesn't find out. the warranty is still void, technically and in the strictest sense of it.

          • Pootis Man

            Sorry to say but nobody really cares about that. People will root regardless.

          • Randy Strye

            i agree... like i said, everyone does it but when you boil it down, simply unrooting does not equal valid warranty

          • Pootis Man


      • NF

        Don't tell Mathias you don't like it. Maybe you don't like Holo either.

        • maysider

          I do not like this minimalism where basic features are missing with stupid argumentation that the feature one uses just 10 % of users, the feature 2 another 10 % ...... soon pure Android is going to become featureless nad limted iOS therefore difficult to do simple tasks
          thanks God we have Samsung with SGS5 (nicely optimized Android with features), Motorola, LG

          pure Android has never been important but Sundar Pichai thinks that Samsung is nothing while pure Android (5 % or market) is everything

      • Roh_Mish

        Android is getting worse with sundae pichai. All apps are going closed and to play store, out from aosp. They are locking everything down. What's next?

        • maysider

          featureless Android for iDi*ts

          • Brian Nazareth

            Does the word 'idiots' need censoring on this site or are you from an Asian country?

          • youarealoser

            I guess I'm and iDiot because I don't give a shit about what you perceive as "featureless android", while on the other hand I care about design and how the thing I just spent 600$ on looks like.

        • dealwitit

          I tell you whats next. Google gets another Billion of users a month and none of us care about them closing their apps down, because it doesn't affect us at all.

      • bL4Ck

        lol at all those people screaming openness when they don't even what open really means, being able to fudge around with your phone and root doesn't mean being open, it means having huge security problems that will most likely leave you exposed to third party attacks.

        • maysider

          you really do not understand the reality like Sundar Pichai:
          Android even small fans need openness and basic features = more willing to pay for apps
          common android users do not care = almost zero money for Google from Play store or other services

          • bL4Ck

            except android is not limited, android is not closed, you can still do w/e you want, download the source code, make your rom, make all the changes you want and flash it on your device, you guys are just making this look bigger than it is.

          • maysider

            I said pure Android from Google is limited, read it again

          • dealwitit

            Then deal with it. There's a billion monthly users of android and the numbers grow each day.

            Google doesn't care that maysider or 1 or 20 million like him say that they wont use Android any more because of "openness" because you, me and Google does know that you will, simply because there's no alternative and you're already inside the ecosystem.

            Sure you can develop your own system from scratch, but you wont. So whatever Google decides to do with Android, you will deal with it because you have to, and because 980million of us don't care about your "openness" and root.

            Sorry (not really) for ruining your day.

          • maysider

            looks like you have just discovered a wheel :)

            you still don't get it that Samsung made Android (market share), not Google, right?

            Sorry (not really) for ruining your day :)

          • deawitit

            I do not care who made what. I'm just an user who wants the best experience with minimal effort from my side.

            If it means no root for you, then fine because I don't care about root.

          • Jason Bourne

            Google doesn't make its money from the Play Store... it makes it money from LG and Samsung and HTC in Android Licensing fees... are you dense?

        • maysider

          you simply lie, openness brings better security, proofs are here:

          "iPhone is most vulnerable, least secure smartphone in the market, security firm finds"

          "40% of iOS popular apps invade your privacy without any permission"

          "Apple iOS Apps Leak More Personal Info Than Android"

          "Remotely Assembled Malware Blows Past Apple’s Screening Process"

          Huffington Post: "iPhones, iPads Hacked And Held For Ransom"

          "iOS 7 Security Flaw Leaves Stored Email Attachments Unencrypted"

          "iPhone Security Flaw Can Let Apps Act as Keyloggers" = Everyone knows what you type.

          "Most Mobile Banking iPhone Apps Are Full of Security Flaws"

          "Foxconn's iPhone 5 devices fall below agreed standards"

          • bL4Ck

            rofl, seriously? sorry didn't read all that.

          • maysider

            facts are facts, find the quotes with Google ;)
            deal with the reality iPhones are the most vulnerable spread computing devices in the world :)

          • bL4Ck

            yeah but sorry, i don't really care about iphone security, i don't own, and never owned, any apple device, as far as it concerns me they may have all the security issues they want. If your point was "android is becoming closed source like ios" then no, you're completely off track there, android is still open source, you can still download the kernel code, the os code, make w/e you want with it and flash it on your device, that's something that apple never let anyone do.

          • maysider

            I'm talking about future pure Android with root difficulties, KNOX integration, actual huge limits of pure Android (Samsung SGS5 Android, LG Android, Motorola Android are great!)
            read it again, please ;)

          • bL4Ck

            samsung shared some of his knox code to create a secure area for corporate accounts, not restrict your phone from rooting.
            watch the livestream again, please ;)

          • maysider

            to restrict your phone from warranty, read again, please ;)

          • TDN

            Any time you root your phone, you void your warranty, KNOX or not. Just because you can remove root access doesn't mean you have replaced what you removed by rooting.

          • maysider

            you lie
            if you root with KNOX and put your rom you can not put it back = warranty loss
            if you root without KNOX you can put back stock Android = warranty

          • Firmino

            Your statement is invalid for a Nexus(development phone) user.

          • TDN

            Then you call LG/Samsung/ASUS etc. with your rooted device that is not working properly and see if they will replace it.

            It is clear, rooting = void warranty

          • Calvin Uijlen

            Rooting does NOT void your warranty in the EU.

          • TDN

            Yup, you are correct...

            That is bad for carriers and manufacturers, but good for consumers and testers like us.

        • MrSean490

          Something I'm absolutely willing to risk, however remote. We choose Android because we choose to have the most robust OS out there for all the benefits and downfalls that it entails. To deny us this, is to deny what Android is. Might as well throw in the towel now and bow down to iOS otherwise.

      • danishdhanshe

        You can root nexus 5 now
        Stop crying

        • maysider

          Im talking about future KNOX integration and future, read it again ;)
          stop writing un-educated comments :)

          • danishdhanshe

            If it's a nexus, everything's possible!
            Stop being a pessimist and believe in XDA!

          • maysider

            you can not beat future KNOX integration with no warranty void (XDA wont help you), stop being uninformed
            Just be scared what Sundar Pichai brings

          • danishdhanshe

            We'll see

          • enomele

            You make yourself look uneducated with your terrible grammar and complete lack of sentence structure.

          • maysider

            when you speak 6 languages at least to communicate then youre allowed to talk with an upper class ;)

      • Andrew

        Not going to feed the troll.
        You're an idiot.

      • http://www.ubuntouch-fr.org/ Arnaud Ober

        Problem with unlimited system, is that the gestion is very bad.
        Why have Android so many bugs in so many phones? It's not the OS in general. It's the additions of manufacturer in Android. If Android blocks additions, and limites the OS, it could remove a lot of bugs, and system will be as stable as iOS. After that, I understand limited system can not be good for all persons. But for standard users, they just want a phone which has no bugs, and just work.

    • Dominic Rotberg

      They are its called Roms ;)

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

      They're likely just placeholders and will very likely change, I was told by David Burke. Annoyingly, he wouldn't confirm it 100%, but it was obvious some of the team considered them ridiculous too.

      • Ian

        Wouldn't that mean they are to be changed in the final release to something else? It would be silly to put placeholders on buttons that already exist.

        • PhilNelwyn

          "...will very likely change."

          "Wouldn't that mean they are to be changed"

          Yes, I do think that's what it means.

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

          Yeah, it puzzled me too, but anyway - placeholders for final designs.

          • henry

            So that's where your scoop of the "G" icon etc comes in play?

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

            I'm not sure. I think that'll be a separate thing, if they even decide to do it. A total Google experience, perhaps an extension of the GNL.

      • Tarun Pemmaraju

        The buttons take some getting used to, but IMO they're better than the weird stretched out icons from 4.0-4.4.

        • LSH99

          I'm not a big fan of the stretched out buttons either, but I think these geometric shapes represent Google trying to be overly simplistic in their design at the cost of intuitiveness. IMHO, anybody who struggled to learn Android (or was hesitant to try) is only going to be more put off by generic shapes that don't really give any indication as to their purpose. I think HTC generally has the right idea in using square buttons, and I like how the home button is house shaped and the multi-tasker/recent tasks button has a layered look. Could do without the curved arrow in both stock and HTC's new set, but it's certainly better than just the triangle.
          Hope Artem is right and that these geometric shapes are not in the final design.

          • Johan Garcia

            If they want simplicity I'd go for a < as the back instead of the triangle I love the home one tho and the other one could still be 3 lines. Anyway i just switched back to SwiftKey couldn't even write comfortably with Google keyboard

          • LSH99

            I tend to think the circular home button is there to stay. As with iOS, it certainly appears that Android is beginning to emphasize circles in the overall design more.

        • ddpacino

          Yes, just talk to HTC and make theirs the stock ones. Best ones, imo.

      • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

        Granted, the ADT-1 dev kits are just reference hardware, but I still find it telling that the gamepad still has the KitKat backa and home buttons. Clearly, how the buttons look in L are still in flux.

      • Nathan

        Surprisingly, they remind of the liquorice I've been eating.


    • ssj4Gogeta

      I quite like them.

    • CyberPunk

      I thought I was dislike them more than I thought after I download the Android L preview. I actually like them now. They look good in landscape mode because the square and the circle would still look the same after the rotation, of course.

    • ThEGr33k

      I like the new navigation buttons...

  • lobstermagnet

    It looks much better and there are multiple ports of this on XDA.

    -Sent from my LG G3

  • Cincybearcatfan

    Nobody cares. I don't know anyone that still uses the stock keyboard.

    • Danrarbc

      I used to install keyboards, but I haven't bothered since Google added swipe input.

      • http://adonisk.com Adonis K.

        The thing is, the stock keyboard doesn't have autocomplete for many languages. And now that swiftkey is free, I doubt anyone will bother with stock again (unless he doesn't know that other keyboard software exist)

    • Nasko Hristov

      Me. I really despise downloading an app for every single ducking thing. You have apps for keyboard, for battery percentage... too much. And they show in the app drawer, then guess what you need another app Xposed, then guess what you need fourth app Gel settings. Damn too much for me.

      • McScrooge


        The advantage of stock android is that you can choose what you want and what you don't want.

        If you want everything inbuilt, you're better off with a Samsung. Enjoy your bloatware.

        • Nasko Hristov

          Exactly the opposite. I like the way Google is going. Not too basic, not too Samsung.

    • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

      I like the stock keyboard. I use it

  • Goddomot Fronk

    Not a fandom, but for god's sake, it's only for preview. I'm pretty sure everything will go smoothly when the official comes out on the OTA

  • Scott Harris

    OVerall I like the material design keyboard, but the spacebar is yucky

  • Tyler Shaw

    Upload the APK! 👍

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

      The APK alone crashes on non-L. We're looking into it.

      • ash

        May be google play services is the culprit

      • m477

        It needs libjni_latinimegoogle.so (found in L) to be in /system/lib/

  • miri

    I think it's mainly the triangular back button that bothers me. Looking at them here, I think I could get used to those nav keys if they end up not being placeholders.

    • Bryan

      It's that square multitasking button that bugs me and it sticks out like a sore thumb

      • Jake

        It bothers me that Google is moving away from intuitive design. Why does a circle mean home? Why does a square mean multi-tasking? Google needs to realize most Android users don't read tech blogs and will be confused with these buttons.

        • Alberto Blasi

          I bet it'll take 30 seconds to get used to it. Plus I think it looks nice. The triangle looks like a back arrow, the square is just one of the recent windows. It's the circle I'm not sure about.

          • Trysta

            I'm pretty sure there are plenty of android users who are still confused about the multitasking button now. Google really doesn't need to make it any more complicated. And it isn't just about getting used to it. It is also about new customers walking into their local carrier store and being immediately confused by that new moto x ui so they get an iPhone or windows phone instead.

        • miri

          1. They could still be placeholders
          2. Back-facing triangle is back, square recents button takes you to the [square] card style recents view. There could be several reasonable explanations for a circular home button.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    It's funny in a way because they talked so much about depth but the keyboard itself is all flatted out. Maybe they could add the buttons back in with some shadow so they look even more like actual buttons. Wouldn't that make more sense?

    • Gabriel Seixas

      I think this is all nav bar's fault, since it's black and the keyboard is gray the combination didn't go well.

      P.S I do like the flat style, the color scheme don't, tho.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        I don't know, in Swiftkey they have all those flat styles... I didn't feel too well with them, but then again it might have been that they all had bold, flashy colours. I'm sticking with a theme that divides characters with lines.

  • Kent Andersen

    Am I crazy? Because I can't find the microphone button to do voice to text! I neeeed that feature.

    • Kent Andersen

      Phew! Found the option in settings to turn it back on

  • Ramiro Fernandez

    I really like the new design. Kind of hoping swiftkey makes a material theme...

    • McScrooge

      SwiftKey does have similar borderless key designs.

    • Daire O Connor

      The Spotlight blue theme on SwiftKey is basically Material design.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah, my wife uses the purple version of this on SK. She likes it.

        Personally, I don't like the borderless design. But that's just a preference.

  • http://eichefam.net/ Paul

    I'll stick with Fleksy.

  • tharealoc

    It looks like the Fleksy keyboard, I like it a lot.

  • Shining Wing

    I love the new look, but I think the spacebar's too short.

  • Jason Kelly

    Is there an APK available for this. I'm not rooted.

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    By the way, what is performance like on L, especially with the animation intensive Material design?

  • Alberto Blasi

    I'm pretty sure I've seen a white material keyboard somewhere during the keynote, am I wrong?

  • Derp

    I feel like the keyboard grows in size every iteration. Now when I use SwiftKey it takes up 50% of the screen.

    • Daire O Connor

      Reduce the size in your SwiftKey settings

      • Derp

        I've found no such setting. Do you know where it would be?

        • Daire O Connor

          Hold the "number" button to bring up the SwiftKey popup settings then click resize and choose a size. Simple

          • Derp

            Ah! I was looking in the main settings. Thank you!

          • Daire O Connor

            No problem

  • Jack Jennings

    I think that's quite a pretty keyboard now!

  • http://myanimelist.net/animelist/xinseo Kouhai

    Anyone know how to get this borderless theme? I'm using Google Keyboard.

    • http://rzxsky.com.ar/ RaphaniacZX

      It's not a thing that you can just get as a theme. Either you've something like Theme Engine to get it themed or the APK comes with it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

    I like the new theme just not the added color

  • drawde40599

    THANK U ! I can't stand the new theme on keyboard I didn't realize old one still there ;)

  • remister

    Does it include the new 2000 emoticons or what not?

  • Stanley C.

    Off topic, new play services is out: Google Play services 5.0.81 (1250665-032&36&38&70)

    • http://myanimelist.net/animelist/xinseo Kouhai

      I couldn't connect to services on the previous version. Does this version fix that problem?

      • Stanley C.

        There are four diferent build numbers:5.081 (1250665-32 and 36 and 38 aaand 70. What is this?

        • Simon Belmont

          They're for different screen resolutions (or pixel densities). If you used resources for a phone with a WVGA screen on a 1080p screen, it'd look terrible.

          So, Google, has different Google Play Stores with various resolutions of the resources. Hope this makes sense.

  • demaax

    Will it come to Nexus 4? (Android L)

    • Android Developer

      I bet 100% it will.

  • Alexei Watson

    I've found two bugs in the new keyboard (I think).

    The first is with the auto correction; I'm using the US keyboard layout, but with UK language, because that's how we work in Australia. In the past, under add on dictionary you could remove English US and add English UK, and the auto correct uses 'proper' spelling. Specialise instead of specialize etc. With L you get no auto correction at all...

    The second is with multiple input methods; The option to disable the language switch button doesn't work.

    Obviously, this is a preview and it's to be expected.


    New evidence suggests that writing too much about "Android 'L' Feature Spotlight" can sometimes causes blog writers to misspell the name of previous Android versions since they like the new one better and spend too much time writing about it.

  • Brian Nazareth

    'Jelly Beam' is the new version of Android Beam?

    • Simon Belmont

      Android Beam is Jelly of S Beam. Mostly because Android Beam lacks Wi-Fi Direct support.

      That's one of the few things Samsung did that I like. Hope Google adds it natively.

  • Guest

    I hope Swiftkey will create an L theme

  • Dhaval Yoganandi

    Please add native DLNA throw support.

    • Android Developer

      DLNA throw ? what's that?

  • dgibrail08

    Download here :http://d-h.st/YmI
    Works on my Kitkat phone! 😄😋
    No root required.

  • Nuno Miguel Silva
  • Fexlom

    I remember seeing a tab key in the demo for Google Docs.

  • Mohan

    Ha! I didn't know you can choose the blue theme for the keyboard in Kitkat, thanks for the tip. As for my two cents, I think Google is keeping the older keyboard (Kitkat and previous) for people who are used to it. Or maybe it is just in the developer version of Android L.

  • FrankJL

    It is the same exact keyboard just skinned lol - And I thought apple fans were over fanatics lol

    • Android Developer

      I also hoped for a much better keyboard.

  • http://www.cnet.com/profile/NicoleCozma Nicole Cozma

    I like punctuation to be labeled on keys for long-press use.

  • Android Developer

    Hey I've just found another cool feature I once suggested for Android (found via the still-slow-emulator) :
    In the settings screen, you can search for the settings you'd like to change.
    This is very similar to what you can find on Eclipse and Miranda.
    Attached an image.

    Sadly, in the app manager, the icon of searching still exists but doesn't really search for apps. If you wish, you can still do it via my app : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lb.app_manager , or any other app management app.


    It seems like the floating prediction for swyping is just a clipping bug (if you do it anywhere other than this corner you get a small dark graybox with just enough size to fit the box.

  • Bryan McGee

    Glad to see you point out the floating text bubble. Definitely needs polish... kinda drives me crazy.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    I previously said that the new keyboard looks ugly, but seeing it on the N7 it actually looks surprisingly good. I however am a little annoyed by the lack of clarity on where they key ends and the next one starts.

    Also, seeing this color scheme and the general use of brighter colors, why doesn't Google allow us to choose our own color palette? It would be extremely applicable in the new UI and would add a bit more of personalisation.

  • CeluGeek

    Why is it weird that Google Keyboard still includes the Holo blue theme? You have to remember Google Keyboard is available through the Play Store for any device running Android 4.1 or higher. Even if the blue theme looks out of place in your bleeding edge Android L device, most general consumers still with Android 4.1 and 4.2 devices will not appreciate if an update to Google Keyboard all of a sudden looks out of place in the OS they use.

    • blindexecutioner

      To be quite honest the material design theme looks out of place in Lollipop. That new pastel easter blue color is completely out of left field...

  • Mo ZedEl

    This keyboard would be so much better if it changed colour according to the app it was being used with, much like the status bar