Google introduces Keyboard text input app for Android


Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out Keyboard, a text input application that delivers typing features and tools found in the company's Nexus device line to all smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 and higher.

Google Keyboard

Google Keyboard includes Gesture Typing.

The free Google Keyboard includes Gesture Typing, which enables users to glide through letters to form words, lifting their finger to enter a space between words. Tapping the microphone activates the complementary Voice Typing mode, supporting hands-free text input. Google Keyboard also touts next-word suggestions and current-word completions, dictionaries for 26 languages and customizable keyboard layouts.

Google is initially offering Keyboard to Android users in English-speaking markets but promises to expand the app to additional countries in the near future.

Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that 58.6 percent of all Android devices now run version 4.0 or higher. Android 4.1.x, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, powers 29 percent of devices, Android 4.2.x (also codenamed Jelly Bean) powers 4 percent, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream powers 25.6 percent. Android 2.3 Gingerbread still leads all versions at 36.5 percent.

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