Gboard Finally Comes To Android As Google Keyboard

Dec 13, 2016 • 8:14 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

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Google has finally brought the Gboard which came to iOS six-months ago, to Android devices. It is named Google Keyboard and should replace your current Android Google Keyboard.

Google listed these as the new features:

  • Themes: Customize keyboard with favorite photos or colors
  • Gesture typing & suggestions in: Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Bosnian, English (Australia), English (India), Esperanto, Irish, Javanese, Mongolian, Montenegrin (Cyrillic, Latin), Nepali, Portuguese (Africa), Sundanese, Tajik, Tatar, Zulu
  • Layout support: Burmese, Southern Sotho, Turkmen, Urdu, Welsh, Xhosa
  • Add recent emoji to suggestion strip
  • Bug fixes, including passwords with Talkback and missing key labels
  • Support Android N

Android Police documented these changes:

  • G button (enabled in settings) offers quick access to search from the keyboard
  • Pop-out toolbar (when G button not enabled) provides access to themes, settings, one-handed mode, and search
  • Optional dedicated number row
  • Up to three active languages with preference for one (previously had to switch)
  • Gesture typing is now called Glide typing.
  • Search for emoji
  • Rearranged emoji panel with group selection at bottom
  • Emoji have bright halo effect around them
  • GIF button is always shown, but disabled in apps without support.

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