This page describes the changes made in each new release of Keyboard App Builder. You can download the latest or previous versions on the Download page.

Keyboard App Builder 2.1

Release date: 26 August 2020

New Features and Improvements:

  • Keyman Engine updated to version 13.0.6216.

  • About box improvement:

    • If you put three or more hyphens (---), asterisks (***) or underscores (___) on a line without any other text, the app will display a horizontal line.
  • Updated AndroidX libraries.


Keyboard App Builder 2.0.1

Release date: 11 August 2020

Bugs Fixed:

In the Android app:

  • When using the access code security method, the key was not being read correctly from the project configuration file.

In the app builder:

  • Android app compilation failed when using both Firebase and Amplitude analytics in the same app.
  • When showing the building app progress bar, the title was not displayed correctly.

Keyboard App Builder 2.0

Release date: 04 August 2020

New Features and Improvements:

  • Android apps are compiled for Android 10
    • Google Play now requires new apps to be compiled for Android 10.
    • Apps can still be installed on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above.
  • Facebook Analytics
    • Basic support: integration of Facebook SDK library for logging when the app is launched.
    • To add Facebook, go to Analytics, click Add Analytics Account, and select Facebook Analytics as the Account Type. Enter your Facebook App ID.
  • Android App Bundles
    • Instead of creating an APK (or multiple APKs), you can create an Android App Bundle to upload to Google Play.
    • Select Build > “Build Android App Bundle” in the main menu, or right-click on an app name in the left-hand menu, and select “Build Android App Bundle”.
  • Updated libraries:
    • Gradle build tool updated to version 6.5.1.
    • Firebase libraries updated to latest versions.
    • Crashlytics library updated to use latest Firebase version.

Keyboard App Builder 1.1

Release date: 09 July 2020

New Features and Improvements:

  • Updated Keyman Engine to version 13.0.6214.

  • Navigation Drawer improvements

    • The text size of navigation drawer menu items is now adjustable according to the interface language text size.
  • The App Builder macOS app is notarized.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Android 5.0 and 5.1 devices could crash on startup due to a bug in the androidx appcompat library.
  • If an expiry data was set with the app exiting on tapping OK in the message, if the user tapped outside the message, the app would not exit.

Keyboard App Builder 1.0

Release date: 16 May 2020

New Features and Improvements:

  • Spanish translations
    • The app builder interface for 7.0 now has a complete translation in Spanish. To use it, go to Tools > Settings > Interface.
    • Added missing app translations in Spanish.
  • Updated libraries
    • Latest Firebase libraries.

Bugs Fixed:

In the Android app:

  • The device back button did not take you out of the app when you were in the home screen.
  • Various stability improvements.

Keyboard App Builder 0.9.1

Release date: 27 April 2020

New Features and Improvements:

  • Added more information on app screens in ‘Building Apps’ documentation.

Keyboard App Builder 0.9 (beta)

Release date: 24 April 2020

First public beta release.