Unfortunately for Android fans, Google has debuted its new Gboard keyboard app on iPhone and iPad devices. Gboard is not just any typical keyboard, it’s awesome in every sense of the word. The custom keyboard allows users to search for information, add emojis, videos, GIFs and addresses and more, directly from within the app. Its useful search capability enables you to look up information on places, people, places and anything else available online and paste it directly into your conversations without the hassle of switching between apps.
The keyboard boasts a smiley face next to the spacing bar where you find searchable emojis as well as GIFs. To search for an emoji, for example, type a word like ‘dog’ or ‘dance’ or whatever you want, and the results will come up showing a list of dog or dancing emoji suggestions. The GIF options offered are pulled up from several sites including Tumblr and Giphy.
Acting similar to the Google’s Android keyboard, it also offers standard functions such as word prediction and the entering of text via Glide typing. The major difference is the familiar Google icon on the keyboard’s left side, which by tapping it directs you to the search button, where you can simply enter the term you want to look up, once you find it, you can copy and instantly paste it to your open message in the app. So for instance, if you want to share details on great new restaurant or a trailer of a classic movie you used to love, you can immediately pull it up within the app. It is basically an easier and faster alternative to using the message app and a search app at the same time.
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Android Marshmallow’s Google Now on Tap offers a similar usefulness, only that you have to hold down the home button to enable it and it needs to navigate from your current app to search for the information you need.
It is important to mention that Gboard can be integrated into any app with a keyboard and is only available in English. Google hasn’t revealed yet why it chose to first launch the feature-packed keyboard app, though it is likely that we will soon see it land on Android devices as well, fingers crossed.
For those that own an iOS device, the Gboard keyboard can be installed from iTunes, although it is currently only available to those in the US.
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