Nov 12 AT 2:52 PM Alex Wagner 4 Comments

Google Keyboard gets Material Design update, Google app shown with its own makeover


It’s been a big day for Google and Android so far, and the excitement shows no signs of slowing down.

Google is now pushing out an update to Google Keyboard that brings with it two new Material Design themes: Material Light (left) and Material Dark (right). Those themes are a bit different than the Holo themes that Google Keyboard originally shipped with, most noticeably being that they’ve got no borders around the keys. Thankfully, Google has also kept its old Holo themes around.

Additionally, Google Keyboard includes an option to adjust the long press and a refreshed app icon.

The Google Keyboard update bumps the app up to version 4.0.21173.1569296, and it’s now rolling out to users. If you want to give those Material themes a try now, though, you can hop over to Android Police and grab the APK right now.


Along with the Google Keyboard update, Google today showed off a new version of its main Google app. The update brings a Material Design look, reminders for events that you may have forgotten about as well as for upcoming trips and to-do lists, the ability to search inside of other apps and a coin flip feature. Google also says that Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Galaxy Note 4 owners can activate the “Ok Google” voice command without their phone being unlocked or plugged in.

There’s no word yet on when this updated Google app will begin rolling out, as it doesn’t appear to be in the Play store quite yet. Here’s to hoping it rolls out soon, though, because it sure does look nice.

Via: PhoneDog, Android Police

Source: Google Keyboard, Inside Search

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  • Randy

    5.0 keyboard is the most ugly thing from google to date

    • Robert Ramirez

      It’s Awesome… You just don’t know how to use it. It’s sad….

  • fsagor00

    Thanks for your post.
    This is really helpful for Android user.
    I think 5.0 keyboard will provide us many good advantages.

  • Milind

    SwiftKey did this a few months ago and it looks very attractive until you start using it and then suddenly realize that you no longer have quick access to any of the secondary characters like %,&, *,$ etc. Since I use some of these characters in my passwords, it makes it even more awful. Got rid of it pretty darn quick.