Google Gboard just got more interesting, with new feature to improve and make conversation faster. The new feature will suggest phrases, instead of just words when using the smart keyboard app.
That’s not all though, the app will now let you draw an emoji on the screen to add to your conversation. The new feature that lets you draw emoji on your screen as seen below, will be most interesting to a lot of enthusiasts who love using the Gboard in place of the default keypad. By taping on the emoji handwriting button to draw an emoji right on your screen, Google will automatically recognize the drawing and provide results that match the emoji in your drawing.
The Gboard now features an emoji search box where you can tap on the emoji handwriting icon to draw directly on the screen. It’s still an ongoing experiment, but one that’s worth it because it will further endear the app to the heart of millions of users.
Google is also stepping up how you text during conversation. Gboard now features phrase suggestions to predict what you plan to text next. “For example, try typing “looking forward” and Gboard suggests “to seeing” or “to it” as you type.” The new test feature is currently only available in English, but Google has promised to add support for more languages soon.
Another major update announced to the Gboard app today is the one that offers you multiple search results that you can browse through. This new addition makes it easier to search and share in any app. That’s not all, you can also click to go to Maps or call a business or watch a YouTube video on a card. Simply press the G or arrow->magnifying glass in the suggestion strip to start searching.
To cap it up, Google says its Gboard app now supports more than 200 language varieties. It announced that it is also adding suggestions and gesture typing for Azerbaijani (Iran), Dhivehi, French (Belgium), Hawaiian, Maori and Samoan.
Google added the iOS version of Gboard in May 2016, after limiting its use to Android for a long time. The addition allows you to search straight from the app using the standard Google search. You can also use it to search for GIF animations.
The web results are useful. It’s especially true if you’re going to send a link to someone. Tap on the search result and the Gboard will paste the URL into the text bar. Then, there’s the emoji search bar that lets you send a particular emoji without having to go a-swiping.
Want to use Gboard? You can download it from the Play Store and set it up in just a couple of steps. Simply go to settings, and tap on Keyboard, then choose Keyboards and select the Add New Keyboard option. Once Gboard has been installed, you can see it on the list of third-party keyboards on your device. Choose the keyboard that you wish to use.