By far my best keyboard on Android OS is the Google keyboard. I have tried my hands at all sorts of third party alternatives, including the most popular ones. But I have always come back to the Google keyboard. It just works like a charm for me. And now, Google has had mercy on us and given us a shorter name for it, Gboard.
Gboard: More Than A Name Change
This isn’t just about a change of name though. Gboard has new features to offer. Android Police lists the following new features, among other modifications:
- Option to enable a G button for search
- Option to enable a dedicated number row
- Ability to type in three languages at the same time. For example, like when you need to type Yoruba expressions in the middle of an English tweet or essay. Nice!
- Emoji menu has been modified
- GIF button is always visible
Gboard for iOS Came First
What is more interesting is that the new Gboard was first released on iOS months ago. Apparently, Google has joined bad gang with Microsoft – releasing more full-featured versions of its apps on a competing platform.
Gboard for iOS is superb in that it allowed users to run Google search right in the keyboard. You don’t have to leave what you’re doing to go run a search before coming back. The iOS version also allows users to search for emojis right in the keyboard too.
Hopefully, this new version of Google’s keyboard for Android has all the same nifty improvements. In which case, the best Android keyboard app would have gotten even better. The update will show up on your Android smartphone anytime from now.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.