Offered on all Android devices starting from version 4.0 – but not yet accessible to all, the “Google Keyboard” app is now offered by the company in the version without overlay of Android. Similar to the paid apps like Swype or SwiftKey, this keyboard has a “Gesture Typing” mode, which allows the user to write letters by dragging their finger on the keyboard. It is also possible to use voice dictation in 26 languages.
Already familiar to users of Nexus 4, 7 and 10, this keyboard is available for free to all mobile users with Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean Android OS on their device. For now, the keyboard is only available in QWERTY, but Google provides some workaround on other versions.
By offering this virtual keyboard, Google does not only compete with third-party applications that offer paid solutions, but also there are other manufacturers who develop their own keyboards in their software overlays.
Download Google Keyboard from here.