Why no current Google Keyboard on Google Play?

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  1. Agunat

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    I have read several favorable reviews about the current version of Google Keyboard (version 5.0.2). The version on Google Play is 4.1. Why is that? Keyboard version 5 is supposed to have a setup to move the keyboard to either side of the screen to make one handed typing on a large screen phone much easier. I'd really like to have that feature. Does anyone know when the current version will be available on Google Play. I see methods where you can download the app elsewhere and have to use special software to install it. I am unfamiliar with a method such as that and do not wish to step outside the "normal" way to get an app. Help Please.

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    So what makes this keyboard app different than other apps on Google Play? Why these mirror sites. I don't know how to use them. Google Play says the app is compatible with all my devices. I've downloaded lots of apps but have never expeienced something like this. Everything I've read says that ver. 5 is the current one.
     
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    I looked at the latest reviews on the Play Store and many folks were asking the same question you were...."where's ver 5.0?"
    Not sure why it's not on the Play Store. I originally thought it may have had something to do with what OS version you were running, but after skimming through a number of reviews, quite a few people who are currently running Marshmallow don't have access to 5.0 either. I'm not sure what the differences are, but you can compare the changelog with the current 4.+ version on the Play Store, with the changelog posted on the site/link that @CJM provided above. Then you can decide for yourself if it's worth the download. Simply follow the instructions @CJM provided by going into your system settings, security, check the box that says "unknown sources", then return to the page to download/install to your device. After you've downloaded it, go back into your settings and uncheck the "unknown sources" box and you're good to go.
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    Good info @cr6, thanks for the update. I was considering loading from APK Mirror since it doesn't appear in the Play Store for me also. I think i will hold off and wait until I see it available in my Play Store list of updates. Not because of APK Mirror, I have installed apps from them before (using an older version of Tapatalk right now that I downloaded from them). I'm going to wait in case there is some reason that Google is not releasing the new update for 6.0 Marshmallow phones. Maybe it's not compatible with Marshmallow yet?

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    I've been running the new version from APK mirror on my 6P for almost a week with no noticeable issues.

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    I actually like this keyboard except for one small problem. It's predictions are great but the only reason I don't use it as my daily driver is it's inability to long press certain keys for punctuation. Having to press a separate key and then choose another for punctuation makes writing emails, text messages & forum posts way too time consuming. Otherwise it's a great keyboard!

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    They actually just added a toggle in the settings on this new side load version to turn symbols on all keys on so you can long press them a la SwiftKey & others.

    On...
    [​IMG]

    Off...
    [​IMG]

    Also, for most common punctuation, long press the period key...
    [​IMG]

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    Thanks JK! I knew about the period key, just wasn't a fan of that method. Thanks for the heads up!

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    No problem! I didn't realize how much I like the symbols on all the keys until I turned it back off for those screenshots.

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