Google Keyboard for Android is now called Gboard. First introduced for iOS a few months back, Google’s Gboard app now replaces/updates Google Keyboard on Android to version 6.0. It features integrated Google search, emoji search, GIF support, glide typing, multi-lingual support and more. As usual, the update is rolling out in phases, so it will take several days to get it on all devices.
Integrated Google search is the highlighted feature of Gboard. With it, you can use Google Search right from your keyboard – no more app switching is needed. You can search and send right from your keyboard by just touching on the G button or search button.
Below are the main features of Gboard (Google Keyboard) for Android
– 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 has bright halo effect around them
– GIF support
A new feature of Gboard is GIF support, which was previously only available in Android 7.1 Nougat. Gboard brings GIFs to older Android versions. However, note that you cannot use GIF with every app. As of now, it supports Google Allo, Messaging app and Hangouts to send GIFs in messages or chat.
Gboard is now available for all Android phones running on Android 4.2 and above. However, it will take several days to get the new keyboard app update. Interested users can download its APK [HERE] and install manually.