[Bug Watch] Google Japanese Input Shows In Leanback Launcher

Virtual keyboards are a nifty thing with computers. If you want to make it easier to enter a certain character or use a particular language, you can just build an app to do that. Google Keyboard will ordinarily just let users input Latin characters for languages like English and French. However, they also have apps for users to type in other languages such as Japanese. It’s easy to switch keyboards.

However, these apps aren’t meant to appear as a regular app that you launch from the homescreen. This is puzzling to some users as they’re finding the Google Japanese Keyboard appearing in the launcher, especially on the ADT-1. Although it does not have support for the leanback launcher, the launcher is able to create a card for it.

Google Japanese Input

Opening it seems to just open its settings. This may be the only accessible activity and that’s why the launcher is linking to that.

Japanese input settings

This is very likely a simple bug with the keyboard and/or the launcher and hopefully will be fixed in the next update. It’s not a major bug, and not even that inconvenient, but it is a bit odd to see this app. Do you see it? Let us know in the comments below.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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