Google’s Android new mobile OS, Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with a slew of new features. The most significant one among them is that Google’s default keyword gets a new Material Design makeover. But you don’t need to wait until the launch of Lollipop to get your hands on the new keyboard, because it’s available to download right now.
You can download the Android 5.0 Lollipop keyboard APK via the XDA Developer’s website, and you can actually install it without having to root your handset. Previously, if you wanted to check out some of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s features on your device, you would have to root it in order to get the specific app installed. But now, it is incredibly easy. First make sure you can install APK files yourself by enabling “unknown sources” from your device’s security settings, and you should be good to go.
You may notice that after installing the Lollipop keyboard for the first time, the keyboard looks the same as before. This is because Android will set the keyboard theme to Holo, the default for Android KitKat or Jelly Bean, but all you’d need to do is head to your keyboard’s settings and select either Material Light or Material Dark.
With Lollipop yet to be released on November 3, this keyboard remains an unofficial release- which is why it is not found in Google Play yet. We have tested it on Moto G, and it seems completely smooth and stable so far.