Google adds downloadable stickers and Bitmoji to Gboard for Android

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Credit: https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/31/google-gboard-android-stickers-bitmoji/

Google has added support for downloadable stickers and Bitmoji to Gboard. This, according to Engadget, can then be used in any app that supports image pasting. All you need to access and start using Bitmoji or download sticker pack is to have the latest version of Gboard on your phone—and of course, you can do that via the Play Store.

Once the new feature has been downloaded to your phone, you can start using it hitting the emoji button on Gboard—and start using it.

To get you started, some sticker packs that include the NBAmoji, Google Allo selfie stickers, Hello Kitty Garfield, and many others have been added. Of course, many of these stickers are available at no cost, but you may have to pay $2 if you want to add sticker packs such as Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, and Toy Story.

Can’t find your favorite sticker packs among the lots? There are plans to add some more sticker packs in the coming weeks—and hopefully you will be lucky to find the one that interest you.

No word on when sticker packs and Bitmoji will be available to iOS users, but Android users should get the feature on their phones pretty soon—probably in the next couple of days.

Last July, Google updated the Gboard by adding ability to let you search YouTube videos and Maps. The feature will let you share your current location and search for your favorite videos.

To use the Map feature on Gboard, simply tap the “G” button at the top-left corner of the app’s interface, followed by the Maps to share your current location with your friends and loved ones. You can also search for a location to share using the new feature; simply follow the same procedure as sharing your current location.

To search for a YouTube video on the Gboard app, simply tap on the “G” button, followed by YouTube to search for any video of your choice. You can share searched videos with your friends without leaving the keyboard app on your iOS smartphone.

There is also a new Ink feature that lets you draw and share your creations right from your keyboard. You can do this by tapping on the emoji button and then the pen icon on the app.

The iOS version of the app was launched by Google in 2016, and has attracted loads of interest from users. The iOS version was released along with a few features that you can’t find on your standard iPhone keyboard. With the app, you can search straight from within the app just by using the standard Google search.

The new feature like I said earlier, is being rolled out gradually by Google, and will become available to all users probably before the next couple of days.

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