Google removes unofficial Android L Keyboard app from the Play Store


Are you someone who wanted to put Google’s upcoming operating system through its paces the minute it was announced, but don’t own a Nexus device to install the Developer Preview on? If so, it’s likely that you took to the Play Store to download and install applications that are primarily designed to provide an Android L-like experience on existing versions of the Android operating system.

One of the most popular applications in this category was the unofficial L Keyboard replacement, which came courtesy of Shen Ye, a well recognized developer and producer for XDA Developers TV. The app recently surpassed 800,000 downloads and if you managed to grab yourself a copy, consider yourself lucky. After just two weeks of being live, the application has now been removed from the Play Store.

According to Google, the reason behind its immediate withdrawal of this application is because ‘Android L Keyboard’ was found to be in violation of ‘section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA), which means that the keyboard Ye obtained wasn’t a ‘look-alike.’ It was, in fact, an APK taken directly from the Android L preview build and modified to work on any Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and above.

Fortunately for you, we happen to have a copy of the APK installed on one of our devices and have uploaded it to a secure server for you to download on your smartphone or tablet. All you have to do is navigate to this page, tap the download button and click install when you’re prompted to do so. You may have to allow installations from third-party sources if you haven’t already. Next head into settings, then security and check the box entitled ‘Unknown sources’ and you’re good to go.

If you run into any issues along the way, do be sure to let us know by leaving a comment in the section below or by tweeting us your issue and we’ll do our very best to help you get back on track.