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A new version of the official Google Keyboard is rolling out at the moment, but you can pick up the APK right here if you can't wait. Today's Google Keyboard update adds a few things, but it's not a huge update.

What's New

First and foremost are new input languages. Indian English, Basque, Galician, Swiss Italian, and Latin American Spanish are all now supported. Next, the voice input shortcut has been moved for apps that don't use the inline search box voice input button (it shows up for some that do, too, oddly).


Spoken emoji are now a thing, too, though we haven't found many hotwords supported yet. "Smiley face," "sad face," and "tongue face," which create ASCII emoji for :-) :-( and :-P respectively, are the only ones I've managed to activate, and these may not actually be new. What we know is new, though, is the massive list of strings added to the keyboard app for spoken emoji - hundreds of them. None of them worked for me when I attempted to try them out, though, so they're likely coming in a future update.

One odd tweak has been the removal of the long-press delay setting under advanced settings - the option seems to have simply vanished. Finally, you can also now toggle sending usage statistics to Google.

If there's anything else we're missing, be sure to let us know.


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name:


Version: 3.1.19633.1257820

MD5: aa0ca9a0d44e65b534454d6e26438d24

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    I think I'll stick with the Material Design keyboard pulled from the dev preview for now.

    • Martin

      Are they the same Android looking emoji in L? I really hate them.. LG and Samsung are better for me, hope they will change it soon in Google keyboard :-)

      • mikahl33
        • gonsa sba

          developer of the mod here 😃

          • mikahl33

            Good work on it!! Any plans to incorporate LG emoji's as well?

          • gonsa sba

            yeah if LG has a font file, like samsung, it's just overwriting it. can you get that file?

          • mikahl33

            PMing you on XDA

          • gonsa sba

            Couldn't find a way to make it work. the emoji are not like the others. Show as blank or some random black and white ones..

          • TheRunner024

            Thank you for the developing this app. It works very well.

          • gonsa sba

            Thank you,
            But I'm just the creator of the mod.

            Steven took from there and created the app.

      • Calvin Uijlen

        I hate the Samsung ones and prefer those from Google. Haha

      • nxtiak

        I like the Google ones. Apple ones I think are the ugliest.

      • Sir_Brizz

        I prefer Google's. Apple's are by far the worst as mentioned above, though.

    • TheSparks

      Does this new update have a higher version number than the keyboard found in Android L?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        No, that's 3.1.20003.1236599-L

        • TheSparks

          So what's the point of doing a minor update, when they already have a better update available.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            I have a hunch this update has probably been in the queue to go out for a while. It may not have been cleared until now.

          • Rovindra Singh

            Is that the reason for the APK not installing on my Nexus 5 running Android L?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            Yes. You can't "update" to an older version of an app. You can force a replacement with adb in a lot of instances, but I'm not sure if you can do that with the base version of a system app.

    • Deeco

      I think i'll stick with SwiftKey...


        you mean the one with slowest startup time to show up every time i tap on a text field?

        • Deeco

          Yeh, the only thing that let's it down.


            Swype used to have that problem and they fixed it with the "significant update."
            Wondering why touch type still haven't figured out the problem.
            Google keyboard starts up fastest so I'll stick with it for now

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          And the one that tends to drop frames very often while using Swfitkey Flow? lol.

      • Erik Tomlinson

        Can you type web addresses/email addresses into, say, a hangouts conversation yet with swiftkey or does it still break it up into Www. Samplewebsite. Com every bloody time?

        • MagicMiguel

          ^^^ The main reason I can't use SwiftKey!

  • Chris

    Free iPhone to the first person who can remember all of these.

    • http://patrollpl.tk/ Cadence

      I wouldn't take it even for free

      • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

        What?! I'd take it.... and sell it to buy a Nexus 5.

        • http://hugehog.blogspot.com/ Herman

          What? Why only one?

          • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

            Good call. I could probably get a few for the price of one iPhone.

        • vyktorsouza

          you mean 3 Nexus 5s? (US only, of course)

        • http://patrollpl.tk/ Cadence

          I saw comments like this coming :X

        • Sam Del Valle

          I did that! Worth it ;)

    • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

      Give me 2 yearsand 276383927394649 conversations :D

  • vyktorsouza

    I RAN in here thinking it was the L one

    • Sam Del Valle

      I think everyone did lol

    • PhilNelwyn
    • Mastermind26

      Me too. :/

  • NM

    ctrl-f pile of poo

    Was not disappointed.

    • realitysconcierge

      That's fantastic.

  • http://sushubh.net/ chromaniac

    I think the Mega link is not working.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      You're right. Let me fix it.

  • ThatBabyAintMine

    I wonder how well the spoken emoji feature will work with keywords such as "open book", "paperclip", and, my personal favorite, "Japanese symbol for beginner"

  • Jon Leach

    Long Press Delay is an important setting for me...strange that they took it out. I hope they lower the default to 300ms

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

      It was 300ms when it was there. I still have it at 300ms on a new 4.4.4 install and Keyboard 3.0.

  • Stanley C.

    Nothing new here. keepin' with the material keyboar from L preview.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      There is something new, actually. The one in the L preview didn't properly display the microphone button in all circumstances. It moved it to the new location, but in search fields that didn't have their own microphone AND didn't allow for autocorrect support (such as Play Music), it would be gone altogether. They've fixed that here.

  • redsmith

    The long-press delay adjustment setting vanished in the L preview keyboard also. I like to adjust it to 150 ms. I hate to wait what seems like forever whenever I input numbers while writing a quick text. Not sure if updating or not...

    This first world problem is absolutely tearing my soul apart.

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

      A good reason to switch to SwiftKey.

      • redsmith

        I guess it is time to try it out!

      • Taco Monster

        Yeah, except that it's noticeably laggier than stock.

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

          Not for me, unlike some other keyboards I've tried in the past (Swype and more recently Fleksy).

          • Taco Monster

            It's better than it used to be, but it still takes a split second longer than stock to show up at times, most noticeably when I hit the Search widget.

    • AllPurposeRadio

      a dedicated number row would fix that...it's the best update Swiftkey ever made.

      • Jesse

        Like these - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2387785. Probably not long before he updates to newest.

      • MrJamesBrown

        Go into the settings and select the PC keyboard = dedicated number row :)

        • AllPurposeRadio

          Never even knew this was an option...awesome thanks 😊

    • zaraki921

      You can swipe from the ?123 button to the top row to quickly input a number or punctuation etc

      • Tim Lewis

        That's awesome! I never knew I could do that. I will be using that from now on to enter numbers and symbols instead of the long-press.

      • redsmith

        Mind. Blown. Thanks a lot man!!!

      • Peter

        Awesome sauce! Thanks!

      • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

        Swiping isn't even necessary. You can flat out hold the button like a modifier key and select the numbers with another finger. That way, you don't lose your typing flow.

    • Evan Gilner

      Wait, what did you long-press to get to the numbers before? I've always just hit the button in the bottom left.

      • redsmith

        You can long-press the QWERTY row to get to the numbers.

        • Evan Gilner

          Wow I'm stupid, thanks.

  • Stylus_XL

    The long-press delay setting has been removed but the update hasn't overwritten the lower value I changed it to. I'm happy I get to keep my settings, but that's strange.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It probably just means the setting still exists and, like in most updates, settings generally aren't overridden. I bet it's there in debug mode or something.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    The microphone's been fixed from the L Preview version. By moving it to the autocomplete bar, they effectively removed it entirely for any search bars that don't allow autocomplete, such as Play Music. Now they bring up that bar anyway, even if the field doesn't support autocomplete. Good enough fix, and it gives me back my much-missed comma key.

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

      The search bar usually has its own mic, that's why it doesn't show up there.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        I'm aware, but not all apps do, such as Play Music. That's why it was a problem in the L Preview. They've fixed that here.

  • http://antontell.se/ Anton Tell

    I'm ready to yell "🕴 Man In Business Suit Levitating" over and over at my phone.

  • BruinGuy

    No number row key, no download.

    • tokuiten

      PC layout is your friend.

    • John Motschenbacher

      it has a number row....just long press the letter key for the number or switch to the numbers ;)

  • Phteven

    Why is a number row such an elusive thing on keyboards? Please, someone tell me why this is not an option on every single keyboard created?!!! I understand some not wanting it, especially if you have a small screen, but make it an option at least.

  • Dutch

    I believe saying "wink wink" creates a ;-)

  • P1X3

    Here is an idea. Why not use camera to capture user's expression and insert appropriate emoji? Wouldn't that be great if it was possible? No? Okay..

  • J. Mack

    FYI: To display a dedicated number row on Google Keyboard, go to Google Keyboard Settings>Advanced Settings>Custom input styles>Add Style>Select "your language">change layout to PC>Add, then just select it as your default keyboard

    • J. Mack

      IDK if the pics attached, so here they are again

    • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

      But now how to use emojis?

  • Jorem

    wish google keyboard would also incorporate swiftkey's emoji prediction which is very handy

  • RTWright

    Just like Nova vs GEL, which I still will take Nova over GEL any day! I will stick with SwiftKey over Google's Keyboard. For Google to be the developer of Android, they tend to do the worst in UI Designs and Functionality amongst things like this. But this is also what I like about Android, I can change that if I so desire and do so on many occasions. There are only a few exceptions and this would be G+ and Gmail apps, I think Google has them done nicely, but typically I can't stand their UI designs for stuff like this.

  • Navitron

    See you at the office on monday "man in business suit levitating"

  • taz89

    Lol thought it was the new material design.

  • ranju ms

    my keyboard have chinease i want to remove it and add my regional language but how

  • Dave Stewart

    This also fixed some issues on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S with slide trails and long press popups.

  • Roh_Mish

    Skinning (at least in fi theme) does not work after this update.

  • Brian Nazareth

    What do you mean by 'Indian English'? I'm from India and this keyboard is still not available on the Play Store. Or is it because I'm not a Nexus user?

  • CrazyAndro

    is it compatible on 4.2.1 - Jellybean ???

  • Alok

    Now that Indian English is supported, hope Google will start allowing this app to be installed in India from the Play Store.

    • primalxconvoy

      Yes, it does, isn't it?

      I hope the camera also includes a link to Google translate so that people can understand the "Indian head wobble"...

  • http://brainchamber.com/ Michael Hannigan

    Thank you Google, for moving keys around on the keyboard AGAIN. I'm glad you people weren't around when the physical keyboard was invented.

  • TDN

    Along with re-positioning the microphone key, they put the comma in its place, matching the layout on the L keyboard.

  • Arun Dhanush