Google is adding floating keyboard to Gboard v7.6 Beta

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Credit: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/10/20/gboard-v7-6-beta-adds-floating-keyboard-might-still-testing-apk-teardown/

Just last month, we told you of how Google was planning to add a floating keyboard to Gboard. The latest addition to that piece of information is that the feature along with a host of other new languages are now being added [the floating keyboard it would seem is still being tested].

The floating keyboard will allow you to place the keyboard anywhere that suits you. You will be welcomed by a new Floating Menu that will be added to the Gboard overflow. You can position the floating keyboard anywhere on the screen just by using a handle located at the bottom. After moving it, you will be able to resize it to fill as much space, or if you like, resize it to make it fill any little space on your phone screen. The keyboard will, however, fade to about 50 percent opacity according to Android Police, if it remains idle for a while—this is to “allow some of the screen space behind it to show through.”

Enabling the floating keyboard is quite easy—open an app that allows the keyboard to show suggestions and use the arrow on the left to open special features. Once done, tap on the 3-dot overflow menu to see everything. Tap on “Floating” and you can start using Gboard keyboard anywhere that suits you on your phone screen.

Google has also updated and added to the list of languages in the app—and that means your favorite keyboard app is getting even more popular and is now available to many more users.

A couple of weeks ago, Google updated the app with Mini sticker pack that 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.

Back in May, Google Gboard also welcomed 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.


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Author: Ola Ric

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