Stock Froyo keyboard available for HTC EVO 4G

Evo-froyo-kb (1)HTC Sense may have prevented the EVO 4G from getting a number of standard features in its official Froyo update, but the Android community also comes through and does its best to make sure that no phone is ever left out.

The stock Android 2.2 launcher and 3D gallery app have already been gifted to the EVO, and now we can add the stock Froyo keyboard to the list as well.

What makes this keyboard unique is that a swipe up gesture on the top row brings up two extra rows above it: one for numbers and one for commonly used punctuation and symbols. These rows disappear once you lift your finger from the screen, so you have to swipe up then drag your finger across the keys to get the one you want in one continuous motion. Lifting your finger selects the last key you touched, so it feels a little strange at first since it goes against the standard method of pressing a key to select a letter.

To get this keyboard on your EVO, just download the .apk and install it from Gmail or using a file manager. If you're unfamiliar with how to use a different keyboard on the EVO, please refer to this tutorial.

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29 thoughts on “Stock Froyo keyboard available for HTC EVO 4G

  • Avatar of brxndxn wxbb
    August 10, 2010 at 1:07 am
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    i’ve been using this keyboard for 2 weeks on CM6 Nightly Builds and never knew about the swipe up gesture feature. good info.

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  • Avatar of robalog
    August 10, 2010 at 5:07 am
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    Speaking of standard features, I didn’t get the new camera menus when I upgraded to 2.2 on my EVO. Does anyone else have this issue?

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  • Avatar of John D.
    August 10, 2010 at 6:12 am
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    Why don’t I get the microphone button. I have it set to be on the QWERTY keyboard?

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  • Avatar of Michael Prentice
    August 10, 2010 at 7:08 am
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    It wouldn’t install for me. Failed to parse the package when installing from Gmail. Perhaps you need root just to install it?

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  • Avatar of thunderdome
    August 10, 2010 at 8:24 am
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    Installed and works great on my non-rooted EVO 2.2! Thanks!

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  • Avatar of Andy
    August 10, 2010 at 8:26 am
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    Works nicely and more accurate than stock. Thanks for showing me how to get this up and running.

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  • Avatar of Knarf
    August 10, 2010 at 8:54 am
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    Mic button not showing for me either. I’m using non-rooted OTA 2.2.

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  • Avatar of richard
    August 10, 2010 at 9:17 am
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    Works good I like it better than swiftkey. Swiftkey makes you choose the word they provide even if it isnt the word you wanted, this one just seems to know what I am trying to say.

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  • Avatar of Easy-as-1-2-evo
    August 10, 2010 at 9:34 am
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    Thanks for the link. I like it better than stock, but will stick with swype. I just wish swype had the voice button.

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  • Avatar of Cameroninok
    August 10, 2010 at 10:41 am
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    Worked for me on non-rooted 2.2. I downloaded it with Skyfire and ran the install from the SkyFire download list. Worked like a charm. I really like the wider spacebar, and it seems to be pretty accurate.

    The only downside I see is that it doesnt have the arrow keys. This wouldn’t be a problem if Evo had a TrackPad.

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  • Avatar of MikeSea
    August 10, 2010 at 11:03 am
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    How do I get swype installed? Last time I checked I couldn’t get it since I missed the beta release.

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  • Avatar of kevin
    August 10, 2010 at 11:40 am
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    Didn’t work for me. I have unrooted EVO with 2.3 FROYO update.

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  • Avatar of Daniel S.
    August 10, 2010 at 11:59 am
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    Same here on the swype. I sure do feel like telling all the people crowing about how awesome swype is “Shaddap till it goes open beta!” so I don’t have to seethe with jealousy. ^_^

    Oh, and new stock FroYo keyboard is nice. Honestly, I prefer the HTC version with the auto-word-replacement tho. *shrug* To each their own!

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  • Avatar of Daniel S.
    August 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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    Oh, and my EVO is 100% official FroYo Sprint/HTC update, no root or anything. And I did notice something off-topic…I killed all the Sprint apps at startup….and then NONE of them have started up again since three days ago. O.O I wonder if Sprint finally listened to our annoyance about constantly putting these apps into memory…

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  • Avatar of arnold
    August 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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    there is an option to show the mic button, maybe this is what people need to do..goto home-menu-setting-language and keyboards-android keyboard setting-voice input. there you have options to have the mic button off or on either main keyboard or symbol keyboard.

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  • Avatar of Knarf
    August 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm
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    It was on by default on main keyboard. Tried turning off and on and reboot. Still no mic button.

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  • Avatar of digiSal
    August 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm
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    been running the CM6 rom for weeks and I sure do miss having the Arrow Keys on the bottom of the keyboard like in the Sense keyboard. But I prefer the stock keyboard.

    need to find a way to add the arrows on the stock keyboard.

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  • Avatar of Doug Fiedor
    August 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm
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    I also started out with no mic button. But . . . when I went to landscape, it popped up. Later, it wasn’t there again. When I flipped the phone a couple times, it popped up again! Of course, I want the comma there, too. lol

    Anyway, I typed a couple things at different times and only made ONE typo! For me, that’s never happened before, so I guess I’ll try this keyboard for a while.

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  • Avatar of Doug Bailey
    August 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm
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    I installed this just fine on my stock HTC EVO 4G w/2.2 Froyo…however, it warned me that the keyboard app could store my key presses…which would be a problem if I entered a credit card number, etc.

    Is this something I should be concerned about?

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  • Avatar of Shane Fogle
    August 11, 2010 at 2:34 am
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    I thought that I successfully installed this a few minutes ago- I followed the same instructions that worked fine for the Gallery App; however, the keyboard on my EVO is still the HTC…I would REALLY like to get this “Froyo” keyboard working on my EVO as it looks much more friendlier to use than the HTC.

    Ideas?

    Your help is appreciated…Thanks

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  • Avatar of Shane Fogle
    August 11, 2010 at 2:37 am
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    Ahh…I just figured it out…I had to go to the Settings and choose the Android keyboard.

    This keyboard is WAY better than the HTC.

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  • Avatar of Shane Fogle
    August 11, 2010 at 2:41 am
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    Just did a restart of the phone and now the Froyo keyboard isn’t working…I checked under settings and I have “Android Keyboard” checked…

    Ideas?

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  • Avatar of Doug Bailey
    August 11, 2010 at 5:12 am
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    I restarted mine and the Froyo keyboard remains. Try switching to a different keyboard and then switch back.

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  • Avatar of John D
    August 11, 2010 at 7:00 am
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    As stated before I also had this problem. When I was checking to see if the mic was there I always went to the Goggle Search widget with the mic button next to it. See what happens when you go to different input boxes in different programs. Maybe because the Goggle search widget has a mic input button it doesn’t show on the keyboard. I know that would be strange. Like previously mentions bye bye comma.

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  • Avatar of Raechel
    August 11, 2010 at 11:43 am
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    I like the sense keyboard better. But I think it is neat you are making options available

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  • Avatar of Ryan
    August 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm
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    I have the same question Doug Bailey asked earlier. Whats with the credit card info being collected, etc… ??

    Is this normal ?

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  • Avatar of Fini
    August 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm
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    I have the rooted stock 2.2 and I can’t instakk this keyboard, it’s says it’s replacing a previous app and then when I click ok and it goes to instakk it fails and says application not installed. Could this have anything to do with the new google voice search maybe it changed some things that has to do with the froyo keyboard?

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  • Avatar of Fini
    August 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm
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    Excuse my spelling mistakes of course I meant install.

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  • Avatar of pane21
    October 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm
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    Make sure Under Applications in settings that “Allow installation of non-Market applications” is clicked on… hope it works cause I had same message until I clicked it on

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