The most disappointing feature of Android has always been its keyboard. Although it was swift and got the job done in fast way, yet it did not appeal in way it should have. The Holo themed keyboard isn’t much impressive and therefore people have preferred third-party keyboards over it. Android 5.0 comes with a new theme called Material design. It is the biggest iteration in the Android ecosystem and it has introduced changes to almost every element of Android.
The UI of Android 5.0 is not just about visual changed. It has been planned and then implemented. Every aspect of the UI represents the improvement in UX of Android. The Android L keyboard was leaked few weeks ago. Now that Android Lollipop is officially launched, the complete version of this keyboard is available to install. It should work in All Android 4.4 running devices.
It can be installed as Apk as well as a flashable zip. In both cases, root access is essential. For the second option, user must have installed custom recovery on their device. If not, the files must be moved manually.
The basic features of this keyboard are pretty much the same as previous keyboard. The major difference is how it looks. To install Android 5.o Lollipop Keyboard on your KitKat device, download it from the link given below. It is a flashable zip. To install it, copy it to phone’s SD Card. Then reboot to TWRP or CWM custom recovery. Choose install zip option. Tap on the flashable zip file and confirm its installation. The installation can be made easy using the TWRP manager as well. It will reboot directly from the app launcher, install zip and reboot the device automatically. TWRP manager can be used with both TWRP and CWM / Philz Touch Advanced CWM.
IF you have not installed a custom recovery but have root access, you can install it as well. Extract the zip file and copy apk and library file from it. NOw copy Apk to System/Apps folder while library to lib/app_name folder. Then reboot the device. There’s no need to install the Apk.
Note: Uninstall previous version of Google Keyboard before installing this one.