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How to get a key Android L feature on almost any Android phone right now

Published Jun 30th, 2014 2:13PM EDT
Android L Keyboard App Download
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Want to get a key Android L feature without rooting your device or downloading the entire Android L developer’s preview? Well you’re in luck — developer Shen Ye has managed to swipe the official Android L keyboard and modify it to run as a standalone keyboard app for any device that runs Android 4.0 Jelly Bean or higher.

While you might think that Google wouldn’t be too happy that someone has swiped their code and has put it up on Google Play as a standalone app, Shen Ye says that the app is free and features no ads and no bloat, which means that they’re not making money from Google’s code. The app, which incorporates elements of Google’s new Material Design philosophy, has been getting strong reviews so far and has an average reviewer score of 4.6 stars out of 5.

You can check out the app for yourself by clicking the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.