Can’t wait until Google starts pushing out Android 2.3 in a few weeks to get your hands on that shiny new keyboard? No problem. If you’ve got a rooted device running Android 2.2 Froyo, you can install the keyboard today.

The folks at Droid-Life have the installation files and the step by step directions to get you started. Note that this app may not work on all devices, and auto-correct isn’t working properly. You’ll also need to make sure you have the latest version of Google’s Voice Search app installed.

You’ll also end up overwriting the original keyboard, so you should back up the LatinIME.apk file before you get started in case you want to go back to the older keyboard. This hack completely replaces it, rather than giving you a new keyboard option like you would get if you installed 8pen, SwiftKey, or another text input app from the Android Market.

You can see the keyboard in action after the break, courtesy of Droid-Life.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...