Google seems to be working on bringing more features to Gboard, its in-house keyboard for Android. This comes weeks after it was revealed that the company is testing the ‘Smart replies’ feature inside the app for select applications. Now, a report by Android Police has revealed that Google is working on adding the spell check to Gboard along with a Gboard “mini mode” for a Morse code keyboard, adaptive icon, and Selfie stickers that are named as “Minis”. Other upcoming features include floating keyboard, and more “Make a GIF” effects. We know about these upcoming features because the report conducted an APK (Android package) teardown of the version 7.4 of the app.
This means that developers or people aware of what they are doing took the latest installation file of Google Gboard, extracted the contents of the file and then went through the code to hunt for new and unannounced features that may be evident in the code while being invisible to the casual user. The report pointed out that spell check, mini mode, and adaptive icons are already visible in the new update. However, the spell check feature does not seem to work at the time of writing.
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As part of the mini keyboard option, the height of the keyboard is reduced while using Morse code so that users can have more screen estate for content. According to the tear-down, the company seems to be working on a floating keyboard which will, in theory, allow the users to move the keyboard to anywhere on the screen so that the keypad does not come in the way of the content.
Google is also planning to bring the selfie stickers to Gboard after introducing them in Google Allo. The company has also renamed them to ‘Minis’ along with some changes in the interface and how they would look. It is also working to add a dark theme in the battery saver mode, increased language support for sticker search, new languages, and new effects while making a GIF.