The English alphabet only includes 26 different letters, but for many other languages that are not descendant from Latin, the number of valid characters is much larger. It turns out that this can make creating a keyboard that works well in those languages a bit difficult — imagine having a keyboard with hundreds or thousands of keys and you begin to get the picture. That's why Google has developed dedicated keyboard apps with alternative input methods specifically designed for languages such as Pinyin or Cantonese to make is easier for many (or maybe even most) users around the world to type in their native tongue.

Today, many of these keyboards (namely Pinyin, Korean, Indic, Zhuyin, and Cantonese) have been updated with a bunch of nifty new features — oddly, it seems like the Japanese keyboard has been left out for now. They include support for Android Nougat (why did it have to be called Nougat?), themes, and one-handed mode. Many of these were added to Google's regular keyboard a few weeks ago, so it's nice to see these keyboards get updated as well.

The changelog is the same for all 5 keyboards and is shown below.

WHAT'S NEW
- Support Android N
- Support Themes
- Support One-handed input mode
- Support gesture input and next-word prediction in the English keyboard

You can download the update from the widgets below or directly from APK Mirror if you don't want to wait for the staged rollout to reach your device.

It took a couple of weeks, but the update has finally rolled out to the Japanese version of Google's keyboard. Go ahead and grab it from the widget below.

Download

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.

  • Google Pinyin Input
    • Package Name: com.google.android.inputmethod.pinyin
    • Version: 4.3.0.126295051-release
    • Download: APK Mirror
  • Google Korean Input
    • Package Name: com.google.android.inputmethod.korean
    • Version: 1.5.0.126286397-release
    • Download: APK Mirror
  • Google Indic Input
    • Package Name: com.google.android.apps.inputmethod.hindi
    • Version: 3.2.0.126286427-release
    • Download: APK Mirror
  • Google Zhuyin Input
    • Package Name: com.google.android.apps.inputmethod.zhuyin
    • Version: 2.4.0.126286314-release
    • Download: APK Mirror
  • Google Cantonese Input
    • Package Name: com.google.android.apps.inputmethod.cantonese
    • Version: 1.5.0.126286355-release
    • Download: APK Mirror

Google Pinyin Input
Google Pinyin Input
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

Google Korean Input
Google Korean Input
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

Google Indic Keyboard
Google Indic Keyboard
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

Google Zhuyin Input
Google Zhuyin Input
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

Google Cantonese Input
Google Cantonese Input
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free

Google Japanese Input
Google Japanese Input
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free