Google has upgraded its keyboard app Gboard to version 7.2 with “Make a GIF” feature among others. The Make a GIF feature is a built-in animation creator that fast and easy to access, and is now available on iOS.
Make a GIF
You won’t notice the new Make a GIF feature until you have upgraded the version of your Gboard to the current one. Once you have updated to the latest version, you will see the My GIF tab to the right of “Recently used.” The section features a new “Make GIF” button that launches a camera interface when tapped.
The built-in Search feature also received minor tweak to the layout. Google has added a “View more” text in the bottom-right of every card to open result in a browser. The “View more” replaces the icon that was there before this update, according to 9to5google.
New Sticker Gallery
You now have a new sticker gallery 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.
Still on stickers, Google recently 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.
Version 7.0.2 which was released last February added a new interface that allows you to search all categories. It came with a carousal for swiping through the results of queries you enter.
That’s not all though, Chinese and Korean languages were also included in the popular keyboard app. Alongside those new features, Google also added a minor keyboard selection option as well as an autocomplete feature for email addresses.
A lot of updates and changes were made to the keyboard app in 2017. Last July for instance, Google updated the app when it added the 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.