The Android L keyboard is back via the Amazon Appstore


The official Android L keyboard, which was released and then pulled from Google Play earlier this month, is now back. In an effort to avoid another run in with Google, however, the developer behind the release has chosen to make it available through the Amazon Appstore this time instead.

Shen Ye, a recognized Android developer and producer for XDA Developers TV, was first to make the Android L keyboard available as a simple download via Google Play. Extracted from an official Android L developer preview, it was the real thing — not just a clone — and it gave users a small taste of the platform’s upcoming design overhaul.

But its presence was short-lived. Just two weeks after Ye published the app, it was pulled by Google for violating Play Store policies. Users could still download the APK package and install it manually, but now there is an easier way for Amazon Appstore customers.

Ye today made the Android L keyboard available again via the Appstore. Just like before, it’s completely free, and it’s compatible with devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

If you haven’t already given the new keyboard a try, I highly recommend it. I’ve been using it since Google released the Android L developer previews, and I think it’s a huge improvement over Google’s previous keyboard — which was my favorite — though its new design does take a bit of getting used to.