Do you fancy the Gingerbread keyboard and own a Motorola Atrix 4G? Well, thanks to XDA-Developers forum memebr uskr, a mod has been developed, that allows you to install the Gingerbread keyboard on your Atrix 4G. For more information on this keyboard and installation, read on!
This keyboard is based on the stock Gingerbread keyboard as on the Nexus S. The developer has then tweaked it slightly and made the keyboard suited to the Atrix 4G’s resolution and enlarged the letters on the keyboard for our ease. The result is a fantastic looking keyboard. You can see a few screen shots below courtesy of uskr.
Like it? Let’s install it.
- USB drivers by Motorola (Download for 32 bit Windows | Download for 64 bit Windows; restart PC after installation.)
- Rooted Atrix 4G. See how to root Motorola Atrix 4G.
- Deodexed system. If you’re not a developer and do not know what deodex is, install this custom ROM to have a deodexed system.
- ADB installed. See our ADB installation guide.
Gingerbread KeyboardDownload link dead. See update at the end of the post.
- Extract the downloaded keyboard, and copy the files to the root of your SD card.
- Run ADB and enter these commands step by step:
adb push GBKeyboard /mnt/sdcard/GBKeyboard
3. Backup the original files:
# mkdir /mnt/sdcard/kb_backup
# cp /system/app/LatinIME.apk /mnt/sdcard/kb_backup
# cp /system/lib/libjni_latinime.so /mnt/sdcard/kb_backup
4. Now enter this command:
# mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mmcblk0p12 /system
5. Now the last step involves copying the keyboard files into your system, thereby overwriting the original ones. Enter this:
# cp /mnt/sdcard/GBKeyboard/LatinIME.apk /system/app/LatinIME.apk
# cp /mnt/sdcard/GBKeyboard/libjni_latinime.so /system/lib/libjni_latinime.so
Voila! you now have a Gingerbread keyboard right from a stock Nexus S. For queries and updates, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers. Do let us know how your experience with this keyboard was.
Update: Since almost all Atrix 4G phones out there are on Gingerbread of later by now, this mod should be considered obsolete. However, if for some reason you are still on Froyo and want the Gingerbread keyboard without installing Gingerbread, you can grab it from the Play Store directly.