Starting today, Google Keyboard on Android is getting a new name and so much more. Gboard has all the things you love about your old Google Keyboard speed and accuracy, Glide Typing and voice typing plus Google Search built in. You can search and send information, GIFs, emojis and more right from your keyboard. As an added bonus, we’ve added multilingual typing to help you switch languages on the fly.
GIFs can be directly shared into apps that have added image keyboard support, and there aren’t a lot of those at the moment, but their numbers are sure to grow within the next few weeks. Google says its Messenger, Allo, and Hangouts apps all have this functionality built-in already. Gboard learns as you type, so you don’t have to manually add words to a personal dictionary – just type a word once and from that point on you’ll be able to gesture type it or find it in suggestions. The learned words can be synced across devices if you enable that feature in the app’s Settings.
One handed mode pins the keyboard to the left or right for easier access on phones with big screens, and there are quite a few themes available inside Gboard, which all let you choose if you want to see key borders or not. Gboard works in over 100 languages now, with more on the way in the coming months.