Google has today introduced a new feature-packed keyboard for iOS devices that directly integrates search functions, called Gboard. From Google, this third-party application for your iPhone keyboard, featuring all the things you would expect from a great invitation. Want to search for emojis, GIFs, or share web pages at the click of a button on your iPhone? Here’s what right now available to download.
Following hot on the heels of Microsoft’s latest Word Flow keyboard release, Google has indeed joined the iOS keyboard party by launching its official Gboard keyboard app for iPhone and iPad users. In addition to offering a text-entry experience that anyone would expected from alternative keyboard apps, GBoard also places a huge emphasis on allowing users to quickly search for things without ever having to leave the short messaging app they are in.
For your sake, there’s another one already gone wild into the Google Play and iOS App Store, specifically for those living and operating their mobile devices in India, it’s Indic Keybaord, comes equipped with a variety of regional languages and although it’s ready to get for free of charge. Apart that, this Gboard is a keyboard based around the notion of being able to “search and glide anything from Google”. Rather than focusing users to leave the app they are in, and to load up Google in Mobile Safari or launch the Google Search app, trying to breed an experience that allows all of that to be done inline perfectly.
From a perspective of privacy and data usage, anyone who thinks that Google is not to be trusted with the type of data that it records and how it’s actually used, might really want to check out this “What Gboard sends to Google” section of the iTunes metadata before downloading and providing full access permission to this newly released keyboard extension.
The search experience on the other hand includes being able to instantly look for nearby stores and restaurants, video and image files, local weather forecasts, and even read news srticles relevant to a specific search term. Still there’s sports scores, animated GIFs, and pretty much everything else that you’d use Google so far. Moreover, you can even search for animated emojis using simple text such as “sad”, “smiling”, “sick” etc.
That is a standard keyboard with built-in search functionality, which the behemoth search engine giant has looked forward at ways to try and optimize its efficiency when typing. As with most good keyboards, Google’s engineers have settled for introducing the ability to slide or swipe a finger quickly between keys to be able to effectively input text, calling it “Glide Typing.” Tends to facilitate faster typing by allowing the user to “glide” from key-to-key. But thankfully it doesn’t take away the standard method of typing text with individual key presses.
(Download: Gboard for iPhone and iPad from the App Store)
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