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December 7, 2010

How-To: Install the Android 2.3 Gingerbread keyboard on your rooted device

by John_A

Want to check out some new Gingerbread goodness, like… now? Well you’re in luck, as Peter Alfonso, creator and maintainer of the infamous custom ROM, “Bugless Beast”, has gotten it all tucked away in a nice, flashable zip file – the keyboard, that is. Thanks to Peter, you can now install the Gingerbread keyboard on your rooted Android device through recovery, and it’s very easy to do. Just hit the break to find out how!

  1. Download the zip file here
  2. Put the zip file on your sd card, preferrably on the root of the card
  3. Boot into recovery and flash the file like you would any other zip
  4. Reboot. When you get to a text field (i.e. – messages or email), press and hold the text input box, choose “input method” and then “Android Keyboard”

And that’s it! You’ll be loving on some 2.3 keyboard goodness. As always, it’s a good idea to backup your current default Android keyboard. It’s as easy as renaming the LatinIME.apk in /system/app, which can be done via ADB or something like Root Explorer. I like to rename these types of things to something like “LatinIME.apk.bak” to make it easily findable again.

As always, a few warnings.

  • You should be running a 2.2 based custom ROM
  • Auto correct is not yet fully functional
  • Will not work on a 2.1 based ROM due to voice search issues
  • If you are using a DROID X, be sure to go to mounts > storage > mount system and then back to install the zip file

Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below! As always, TalkAndroid cannot be held liable for any possible damage to your device.

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