Google has made available to download Gboard for iOS device users by offering its very own keyboard with Google Search pre-installed. On iPhone, Gboard Keyboard was been released with built-in Search Swipe, GIFs and much more. For Android, Gboard is a pre-loaded app that gains GIFs and GIF suggestions recently. Now, Google desires for its search engine to become more deeply integrated into iOS platform – Apple’s mobile operating system, thus pushed a big update today. Here are the details.
The Mountain-View-based giant says that its previously standalone keyboard app Gboard is now being bundled with its main iOS Search app. This change was originally announced alongside a handful of new features, including also support for an array of 3D Touch options and a new Google search widget.
Google although introduced Gboard for iPhone and iPad in may last year at a height of users’ interest in third-party keyboards for their Apple devices. The idea with a Google-branded keyboard app is to bring users close enough to search and Google’s other services – especially as users spend more time in social networking and private messaging apps, and not on the mobile web.
With the Google’s Gboard app launch, it offers a variety of tools aimed at enhancing mobile messaging, including the ability to search for emoji instead of scrolling, built-in GIF search, support for glide typing, and voice transcription. It also offers the ability to search Google and quickly send information you find, such as weather forecats, news headlines, videos, images, sports scores, or information on nearby stores and restaurants, for example.
Today, it’s Google search app now includes Gboard as part of its download. The option to enable Gboard will be in the Google app’s settings. To access Gboard on their iPhone or iPad, users will have to first head to Google app settings and enable Gboard option. With the latest update, users will not get to perform all the aforementioned tasks right now, from their Search app without the need to install the Gboard separately.
In addition, the Search app update includes a new “Trending on Google” widget that can ber displayed in iOS’s notification center. Furthermore, this will feature breaking news and other hot topics currently based on live trending searches across Google. Tapping on an item will launch the Google app, so you can even read more. This is how the widget can be enabled. By tapping Edit from the bottom of the Notification Center or, in a nifty trick, by using 3D Touch on the app icon, you are free to enable that.
This will display the widget along with the option to add it to your Notification Center.
Note: Also available through 3D Touch on the app icon are more search options. Steps follows:
In order to access the widget, use 3D Touch on the app icon or swipe right on your device’s Home screen and to install it, swipe right on your screen, then, scroll to the bottom, tap “Edit,” add “Trending on Google”. That’s it! Also See: How to track your friends location in real-time using Google Maps
From here you can start a voice search, image search, go incognito, and now, a Quick Search option that takes your cursor directly to the search box faster than if you wanted for the app’s main homescreen to load. 3D touch is also now featured throughout the Search app.
Finally, Google has added or expanded the 3D Touch functions all over the app. This particular feature will allow users to take a glimpse at search results, launch the trending widget, open incognito mode and even start search right from the Home screen. For example, you can hard press the “G” at the bottom of the screen to start a new search at any time. Plus, you can press on the search results themselves – including Map results and cards – to see a preview of the content, otherwise.
More: The features are available in the new version of the Google Search app for iOS. Grab Gboard for iPhone and iPad right now.
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