Get the Jelly Bean keyboard on your Android 4.0 device

Pining for the newest version of Android on your smartphone? Get a taste by installing a copy of the Jelly Bean keyboard.

Jelly Bean keyboard on Android. Google

The new features of Android 4.1 are being ported to custom ROMs, but if that's not your scene, there are a few goodies that have landed in the Google Play Store. One of these is the new Jelly Bean keyboard, which boasts better prediction (among other things) -- and that's something all of our fast fingertips are craving.

Ready to check it out on your Android 4.0 devices? Here's how to make it happen:

Step 1: Install a copy of Jelly Bean Keyboard, by Beansoft, on your Android.

Steps 2 and 3: Language & input settings area on Android 4.0.3. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Open the Settings menu on your Android, and then go to Language & input.

Step 3: Scroll down to Jelly Bean keyboard and tap the check box to the left to enable it.
You can do a little bit of setup on the keyboard, like haptic feedback and sound, by pressing the Settings icon to the right.

Step 4: Open an app of your choice, then press and hold on the text input area. 

Input choices on Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 5: Select Jelly Bean keyboard from the pop-up list. 

Selecting an input method on Samsung TouchWiz devices. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Note: If you're on a Samsung device with TouchWiz you will be able to select your preferred input method from the notification shade at the top of the screen. 

How does it work for you? Do you think it's an improvement from the ICS version, or not enough change to notice?

 

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