Gboard could soon let you reorder your sticker packs with upcoming feature

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Google Gboard is reportedly testing a new feature that will allow you to reorder your sticker packs. This was revealed in a tweet by reliable reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong.

Since it is just a test, and the tweet was not from Google’s official account, nothing much was revealed in Jane’s tweet. However, going by her previous records of calling most of these features weeks and even months before they are officially released, we could yet see an official roll out of the feature in no-distant future.

Gboard has been a standout keyboard app since it was launched, and has been downloaded more than 1 billion times from the Play Store. The keyboard app has now attained a global acceptance such that it now supports over 500 languages—and now that is huge.

While English, French, Spanish and the likes dominate the global scene in terms of the number of people who speak those languages, being able to communicate in local dialect brings so much comfort and fun. The Gboard approach is simple—get as many people as possible to communicate in their preferred dialect.

Last December, Google added more languages to Gboard aided by artificial intelligence to make typing smooth an easy for all. This means that more than 90% of the world can now type in their first language with Gboard, with keyboard layouts tailored to each language and typing smarts like autocorrect and predictive text,” Daan van Esch Technical Program Manager, Gboard said in a blog post.

Esch gave an insight into how difficult and prolonged it is to add a new language to Gboard. The process, according to his blog post, requires designing of an entirely new keyboard layout, then followed by crafting of a new machine learning language model to autocorrect typing and predict next words. It then follows through the process of finding datasets to train those models.

Just last month, spotted the new feature that is currently being tested, and posted a screenshot on Twitter page. The feature is being designed to suggest relevant GIFs as you type the emotion of your word.

Well, that would not be a bad idea considering that we are sometimes lost for the right words to express our innermost feelings. This, besides saving you the stress of searching for the right GIF, could help you to pour out your feelings more easily.

GIF suggestions is still being tested, and there is no word as to when it will become officially available to people to use. I would not get my hopes too high if I were you; but having such a feature would not be a bad idea.

Among several other features released in the past, the app gives you access to features like, Glide typing, Voice typing, Search and Share, Handwriting, Emoji search, GIFs, Google Translate, and Multilingual typing among others.


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Author: Ola Ric

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