We have some good news for those of you who do not plan on getting the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, but would still like to have a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 on your current handset. The official keyboard taken from ICS has now popped up as a separate download and it is available in beta format right now.
Best of all, we’re hearing that this theoretically works on any Android handset running 2.2 Froyo, meaning basically everyone can this a go. Even better is the fact that you don’t even need a rooted handset to get this working either, just head to the Android Market now and that’s it.
The app is simply called ‘Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard’ and has been developed by JohnTanmi, as reported from Droid-Life. It is in beta format at the moment and comes in at a 3.7MB download. If you have any gripes with your keyboard option on your current Android handset, you should definitely give this new app a go – it is free of course.
Based on feedback we’ve already read, we can confirm that it works perfectly on a whole host of Android handsets. These include the Nexus One, Samsung Infuse, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC EVO 3D and probably a lot more.
However, due to the screen layout of some Android phones, it looks like this app has a problem displaying the lower part of the Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard and thus unables users to select certain keys, like the space bar for example. Handsets that run into this problem so far include the Droid Eris, the LG Optimus S and the LG Optimus V.
If you have installed this application on your handset, let us know if it works perfectly, or if you’re running into similar problems like the ones mentioned above. Please state your model so other users do not waste their time downloading (like you did). Hopefully we’ll have another juicy serving of Ice Cream Sandwich to tell you about soon.
Download the Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard here.