While the latest Sony Xperia Z smartphone series are quite popular in Europe, flagships from other manufacturers own the Android scene in the U.S. Like other well-known manufacturers, Sony has some exclusive apps for Xperia and the keyboard app stands out through a robust set of features and snappy controls.
Thanks to XDA member yener90 the latest Xperia keyboard app has been ported and available for download. This means you can get the Sony Xperia keyboard app on your device, as long as it’s running Android 4.4 or a newer version.
Furthermore, you will also need to have ‘Unknown sources’ enabled on your device, in order to sideload the APK. If you’re still trying to decide whether the Xperia keyboard is worth trying, you should know the app has plenty of customization options, a decent set of themes and useful features like gesture typing and the ability to use multiple languages at the same time.
How to get the Sony Xperia keyboard app on any Android
With that said, here’s what you need to do if you want to get the Sony Xperia keyboard app on your Android device.
You can download the APK file for the app from the link below.
Note: Visit the developer’s thread on XDA to get updates for the Xperia keyboard app.
Tap the ‘Download complete’ notification then ‘Install’.
Now you will need to open the Settings app and navigate to Language & input -> Current Keyboard. Here, tap on the ‘Choose Keyboards’ option and on the next screen, enable the Xperia keyboard.
Wait….you’re not done yet! Return to the Language & input screen, and select the ‘Current Keyboard’ option again. You should see Xperia Keyboard displayed there, along with other keyboard apps you might have on your device so select it as the new default.
With the Xperia Keyboard installed and set as the default keyboard you can finally customize the app’s settings.
To do this, open the Settings app and navigate one more time to Language & input, and tap on Xperia keyboard.
There are many useful options listed in the app’s settings. You can set up the languages you’re using, enable word suggestions, and of course the very useful gesture input option. You can even let the keyboard learn from your writing style which will ultimately improve its word suggestions and other capabilities.
If you scroll down a bit you’ll discover even more settings to tweak. You can resize the keyboard height, and enable the one-handed more among other things.
An interesting option is the one to disable the emoji button (something very difficult to find in most keyboard apps) which is available under ‘Symbols and smileys’. And for those who love customization, you can access a decent selection of color themes by tapping on the ‘Keyboard skins’ option.
Assuming you’ve setup Xperia keyboard to your liking, give it a try, then come back and let us know how you like the app in the comments section.