A few months back, we saw Google release a keyboard app on the iOS App Store with some impressive capabilities, alongside an attractive design. It turns out that that keyboard is now out for Android, disguised as an update to the original Google keyboard.
In case you were wondering, the keyboard sports several handy features for users and makes the app an attractive choice for all users. Here’s just some of what you can expect to find in the update:
- G button (enabled in settings) offers quick access to search from the keyboard
- Pop-out toolbar (when G button not enabled) provides access to themes, settings, one-handed mode, and search
- Optional dedicated number row
- Up to three active languages with preference for one (previously had to switch)
- Gesture typing is now called Glide typing.
- Search for emoji
- Rearranged emoji panel with group selection at bottom
- Emoji have bright halo effect around them
- GIF button is always shown, but disabled in apps without support.
The update should be automatically shown in the Play Store if you already have the keyboard app installed, or you can download the .apk for it over here.