Google’s popular new keyboard called the Gboard is now available for Android smartphone users too. This feature was earlier available only for Apple iOS users. According to reports in 9to5 Google and Android Police, Google is updating its Keyboard and will reportedly add features from the Gboard. The new updated keyboard will have functionalities like an integrated search, tool for emoji search and a few other shortcuts. As of now these are only available as Android application package (APK) from the company and does not contain any details on the release. But reportedly this will be a part of Google Play Store soon. Android Police, for now, keeps adding the new features on the list which are expected.
GBoard is an interesting feature from Google which surprisingly works better on Apple iOS devices than on its own Android systems. This is even more perplexing,as Apple puts limits on third party applications. Google, however, had promised the keyboard on Android but it has been almost half a year. The third-party keyboard for iOS made Google search engine a part of the interface which is used most by the consumer. The keyboard had come to the iOS following months of development. When it came, it offered a lot of new features which were not a part of the iOS keyboard, and that distinguishing feature became a hit among Apple device users.
The Google keyboard for iOS used gesture-based typing. The users could slide their fingers on the screen and Google could guess related words. A simple press on the Google logo button would let users access the famous web search. The keyboard brought particular buttons for images and GIF-based searches. These features are powered by Google’s own image search. Even visually, Google’s keyboard is different from the normal Android keyboard. The Android keyboard does not have text or picture-based searching.
This keyboard feature was designed to improve the number of searches on Google’s website on iOS devices. Google has always had a monopoly on the online search system, but most of it has been PC-based, while it struggled a bit with mobile based search.