Google launches G board for android

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Six months after iOS users were given access to Google’s Gboard, the tech giant is finally rolling it out for Android devices.

The keyboard comes as an update to the standard Google Keyboard, and has a Google search bar built right into the app.

Like its iOS counterpart, users can easily find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text – and it is designed with Glide Typing.

Google announced the release on iOS back in May and the tech giant said it would eventually hit Android devices.

Although it took six months, the tech giant is keeping to its promises and the search-centric keyboard is now available for the other half.

Its currently available as an separate app from Google, but should make its way over to the Play Store, as it was designed to replace the Google Keyboard altogether.

A Google logo is shown on the keyboard, which represents the search engine for looking up information to send – such as restaurant locations, reports Ars Technica.

A Google logo is shown on the keyboard, which represents the search engine for looking up information to send.

There is also the emoji search.

Users simply tap on the emoji button and a search field will appear – allowing you to search terms to find the right emoji.

It also supports multiple languages.

Users also have an option to have the number row permanently shown on-screen for every text field.

Its currently available as an APK from Google, but should make its way over to the Play Store, as it was designed to replace the Google Keyboard altogether.

There is also the highly anticipated emoji search.

Users simply tap on the emoji button and a search field will appear – allowing you to search terms to find the right emoji.

The keyboard also has a GIF search, which will drop an animated image right into your chat window.

Gboard feels like all of your favorite text apps combined into one location.

Users also have an option to have the number row permanently shown on-screen for every text field.

Unlike the iOS version, Androids will have up to three languages to choose from – Google said more were to come with the iOS when it was first released in May. 

‘Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that difficult,’ Google said, referring to the iOS release.

‘With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things—restaurant info, flight times, news articles—right from your keyboard.

‘Anything you’d search on Google, you can search with Gboard.’

Results appear as cards with the key information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings and hours.

According to the firm, the keyboard is designed to keep your information private.

Your search query will be sent to the servers, and the platform will send anonymous statistics when the app crashes to diagnose problems, and let them know which features are most popular.

Apart from this, the firm says ‘everything else,’ will not be sent to Google, so your data remains stored on your device, and is not accessible by Google or any other apps.

‘With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things – restaurant info, flight times, new articles – right from your keyboard,’ writes Rajan Patel, Principal Engineer in a Google Blog post.

Apart from a different font and lighter colour-scheme, Gboard doesn’t look much different than the standard iOS keyboard.

But, at the top left, Gboard users will see a small Google ‘G.’

Pressing this button opens up a search bar right within the keyboard.

So, you can search restaurants, venues, or anything else, and share this information with the person you’re texting.

Gboard is available today through the App Store for iOS 9 or later.

After downloading the free Gboard app, users will be prompted to follow a few steps to set up the new keyboard.

Once you’ve added the keyboard and allowed access, Gboard will be ready to use.

Open up your text messages, or any app you use a keyboard for, and tap the little globe in the bottom left corner.

The keyboard will then switch to Gboard.

This is done by tapping the website’s card in the Google search, and then pasting it into the text.

And, to the delight of many GIF users, the keyboard also has a built-in GIF search.

This can be found by clicking the smiley face at the bottom left, where you’d normally pull-up the emoji catalogue.

Emojis will still be there, but next to this is a now ‘GIF’ option.

This makes it easier than ever to find the perfect GIF reactions almost instantly. Just search a term, click on the one you like, and paste it into the message.

A similar feature now works to make it easier to find the right emoji as well.

Once installed, Gboard is very straightforward.

The in-text search option turned out to be really convenient, and I can see this coming in handy in a number of scenarios.

I’ve so far only used this to find local food shops, but the results came up quickly, and sharing was easy.

I was able to search and instantly find GIFs or emojis by typing in a relevant term.

And, your recent selections are remembered in the ‘recently used’ tab, so I can easily revisit the GIFs I just found of baby ferrets rolling around happily, and a grumpy cat taking a shower.

The emoji search is really nice too, though it did occasionally pull up a few seemingly out of place results (in one example, I searched ‘laughing’ and was presented with two laughing emojis, the heart-eyes emoji, and a stack of books).

The Glide Typing feature is also a major plus, and for the most part, it understood the words I was trying to type.

One insignificant issue I ran into was that the keyboard did not always come up right away after I’d set it up in a conversation.

But, after toggling between the ‘globe’ and the ‘ABC’ buttons a few times, it would appear.

The added features are not cumbersome, so you can still use the keyboard for standard text messaging without feeling crowded by options.

In the expanse of the ever-growing emoji collection, it can be difficult to quickly locate the one you’re looking for.

But now, you can just type in the terms that describe that particular emoji, and those that apply will all show up.

Since these features all work through a single keyboard, these capabilities aren’t just limited to text – you can use it in any app, including social media and email.

Glide Typing will allow you to type with one hand, very similar to the ‘Swipe’ feature used by Android.

To do this, just drag your thumb across the letters to spell out a word, and lift to add a space.

Setting up the keyboard is fairly straightforward.

After downloading the free Gboard app, users will be prompted to follow a few steps to set up the new keyboard.

Once you’ve added the keyboard and allowed access, Gboard will be ready to use.

Open up your a text conversation and tap the little globe in the bottom left corner.

The keyboard will then switch to Gboard.


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