Google Gboard appears to be working on a floating keyboard

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Credit: https://9to5google.com/2018/09/18/gboard-7-6-apk-insight-teardown/

Google appears to be throwing all its weight behind its famous keyboard app—Gboard. From adding the ability to create stickers from sticker pack to Mini emoji stickers, Google is once again working on a new update that everyone might fall in love with—a floating keyboard.

A floating keyboard when it becomes available, according to 9to5google, will allow users to place the keyboard anywhere that suits them. Users will  be welcomed by a new Floating Menu that will be added to the Gboard overflow.

When the Floating Menu is tapped, “a miniature keyboard appears with a D-Pad at the bottom to drag around the screen.” You can then adjust the size of the window, with full functionality available as the regular docked keyboard. “When not in use, the window becomes transparent to allow users to read what’s on the rest of the screen without interruption.”

Google Board recently rolled out Mini emoji just this past week to add to an impressive amount of features added in the last few months. Mini will allow you to take a selfie and have a cartoon likeness created from it. For all those familiar with Android Messages, sticker packs are especially nothing new, but provide an exciting way to try something new and exciting.

Mini was first added to Allo chat app as selfie stickers in 2017, and the fun seems to be going round now with Gboard added to the list. While Allo as a chat app seems to be edging closer to the exit door, some of its features are being added to other Google app.

You can create 100 new sticker style just by using your personalized avatar on top of the existing ones. With this, you now have loads of sticker collections to choose from every time you want to express yourself in a classy way.

A couple of months back, Gboard added a new Sticker Gallery that allows you to express yourself even more during conversation. Simply go to the stickers tab, tap the ‘plus’ icon, and “Get stickers” will reveal a new collection of over 500 animations and stills. The best part is, you can save the packs in your favorites tab to access them anytime you want.

Before that update, Google added support for downloadable stickers and Bitmoji to Gboard. This can then be used in any app that supports image pasting.

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.


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Author: Ola Ric

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