I have managed to enable Android 4.2 version keyboard (as well as camera) on my personal Galaxy Note II, and you won’t believe how awesome it is. The kind of looks, the enhanced responsiveness, along with the fact that you are free to “swype” with it takes you on cloud nine. As a number of Android releases previously had hidden features, similarly this hidden feature is simply a treasure for tablet owners. Here you can take a quick look on how to enable your PC keyboard:
This PC style keyboard layout has naturally more keyboard keys compared to the Android standard keyboards, having both symbols and numbers easier and faster to access. It does not work quite good for standard smartphones as it is just quite tiny for something smaller than a 5” screen (ideal for Note & Note II). It works pretty well with Nexus 7 & other 10 inch tablets. You can see in the pictures below for yourself (the screenshots are taken from some German device, however they give you the idea).
PC Layout of Keyboard
Standard Layout of Keyboard
You can enable this PC layout by going to Settings, then “Language & Input”, then “Android Keyboard”, then “Settings”, then “Advanced Settings”, then “User input styles”.
First, just tap “Add Style” (present on the bottom right side), select your language, and lastly select PC. You will now have your PC layout activated, you will now have to repeat the above mentioned same steps under “System Language” (check your current language with “PC”). Then go to globe present on your keyboard to change layouts and select the PC layout that you have activated just now.
You are all set! Quite nice isn’t it?