December 7, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Developers of custom ROMs are already working hard on bringing Android 2.3 to a number of devices, and it’s a safe bet that they’ll deliver the latest Android an awful lot faster than the carriers and smartphone manufacturers.
It may take a few weeks until the first stable Android 2.3 ROMs are released, but those rocking rooted Froyo phones can already enjoy a taste of Gingerbread: its new and improved keyboard. Here’s how to install it. You need a rooted Froyo device and the Voice Search app from the Market to get it running.
Update: Some people are unfortunately experiencing problems after installing the keyboard (see the comments below), and it might be wise to wait until the port is more refined. If you’ve run into trouble, you can head to Droid-Life via the source link at the bottom of this post and check the many comments there for possible solutions.
- Download the compressed .zip-archive containing the keyboard.
- Copy the .zip-file to the root of your memory card.
- Boot into Recovery mode (easiest way to do that is via ROM Manager).
- Select to install the .zip-file from the menu, like you would install a theme, etc.
- Reboot your device and select Android Keyboard as your input method by longpressing on a text area.
- Enjoy your new Gingerbread keyboard!