The stock keyboard on your Android phone may be sufficient for typing most things, but your fingers may work faster on a different keyboard. For instance, the new free Google keyboard app offers a number of useful features such as next word prediction, auto complete current one, and lets you swipe across several keys to make a word rather than touching each letter individually, to speed up your typing.
Ok that, now, if you like customization and would like to change the color of your Google keyboard to your favorite color? An XDA forum member Shaftamle come up with themed Google Keyboard (version 1.0.1870.703320) app and available for you in different colors such as Blue, Black, Green, Red, Onyx, Purple, Orange, Pink, Gold and ICS themed.
The app is available in both standard APK (for non-rooted users) and flashable ZIP (for rooted users) file. To install this themed Google keyboard, you need a device with Android 4.0 or above with a XHDPI resolution display (screens are at least 960dp x 720dp or 320dpi and up, for instance, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, etc.)
Instructions to install themed Google Keyboard app:
Note: if you already have the Google Keyboard installed, you need to uninstall it first. Then follow below guide.
Google Keyboard app APK: Download it in your favorite color and move it to your SD card.
Install it by taping it. Now, go to your phone settings – language and input – enable Google Keyboard and make it your default.
Google Keyboard app Zip: Download the Zip (download it from above link) and move to internal or external storage of your device.
Boot into recovery of your choice. Wipe cache and dalvick cache just to be safe. Install Zip and reboot the device. Then make it default as told above.
Note: The original Google keyboard app can be downloaded from Play Store for free on devices running Android 4.0 and later.