Google’s Gboard has finally made its way to Android, six months after landing on iOS. The keyboard comes in as an update to the standard keyboard, and includes a Google Search bar built right into the app. Google announced Gboard in May for iOS and said that the keyboard would eventually hit Android devices.
Gboard for Android hasn’t changed much. The idea is simple: add a search functionality into the keyboard, thus making it easier for users without having to leave the app. According to reports, Google keyboard has been renamed in v6.0 and will be simply called Gboard.
Like iOS, the keyboard will allow users to search from within, use gesture typing, search themes, Voice typing and insert GIFs. There’s the G button on the keyboard which offers quick access to search. There is also a pop-out toolbar that gives access to settings, themes, and one-handed mode. Also, there is a dedicated number row, support for to three active languages. You can also search for emoji on Android, and a dedicated GIF button has been added too. Gesture typing has been renamed to Glide typing.
Google Gboard will come as a separate app. It’s designed to replace the Google keyboard. At the time of writing, Google hasn’t announced the release date yet. However, you can still grab Gboard for Android on the third party site APK mirror, reports Android Police. Gboard should make its way to the Play store soon.