Google planning on adding Smart Reply to Gboard

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Looks like smart reply is coming to Gboard. Not a surprise that one, considering the fact that some other products from Google including Gmail, Inbox and Allo already boast of a similar functionality.

Smart Reply, according to 9to5google, is coming to Google Gboard app in the next update scheduled to be released soon. When typing your message, the keyboard app will throw up some phrase-length suggestions in the row above the keyboard—more than enough to save you the stress of manually entering some words by yourself.

Specifically, Smart Replies will work within apps like Android Messages, Hangouts, Google Allo, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. These are popular apps where the feature is already being used; so that shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone.

To activate the new feature, you will need to go to your phone settings to give “Gboard “Notification access.”

In a related development, Google Gboard has quietly updated its design by moving its GIF-making button closer to the word suggestion bar. The GIF-making feature is not particularly new, just that it was somehow hidden behind the emoji button on the bottom. In case you haven’t spotted this new functionality yet, you will have to wait because it’s yet to make it to the Play Store.

Gboard is one of Google’s most interesting apps, and no wonder it keeps adding some cool features lately. Last December, Gboard added some fascinating new features—handwriting support and fast delete. The two new features were part of three additions to the app—the third one being URL field suggestions.

All three new additions are going to increase your love for the Gboard app. The handwriting feature simply means the app can convert your handwriting to text. So, all you have to do is to write on your phone and your handwriting will be converted into text.

Gboard also now shows suggestions in the URL field when you type. This will speed up your search, especially as you will now be equipped with suggestions as you type addresses.

Google also announced support for more languages. The newly added languages are: Awadhi, Bambara, Bundeli, Emilian-Romagnol, Fulani, Gilaki, Hiligaynon, Jamaican Patois, Kumaoni, Lambadi, Lombard, Madurese, Minangkabau, Mazanderani, Nahuatl, Neapolitan, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Piedmontese, Sadri, Santali (Devanagari and Bengali), Sicilian, Sylheti, Venetian, and Zazaki.

Last September Google added support for downloadable stickers and Bitmoji to Gboard. This 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.

Prior to the September update, Gboard welcomed two exciting features that let you search YouTube videos and maps—those were added last July. The Maps feature lets you share your current location, while the YouTube option lets you search for your favorite videos.


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Author: Ola Ric

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