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Google Gboard app for Android goes official, available to download via Play Store

The Gboard keyboard lets you search for GIFs, places, emojis and places without opening a browser.

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Earlier this week, Google Keyboard was rebranded as Gboard , and today, Google has made it officially available for Android users via Play Store. Gboard app merges the Google s search features along with the keyboard, allowing users to look for GIFs, emojis, information and more right within the app. The app was initially released for iOS on May 2016, and it took seven months for Google to bring it to the Android OS. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play

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The best part about Gboard keyboard is that the Google Search integration works with all the apps. Google Search icon is located on the top right, just above the keyboard. Tapping on the icon brings new search tap where you can type in your query. By default, the app offers you with three search suggestions — At what time does the sun set?, Weather, and News. Here s where it gets interesting. Say you are in middle of a conversation on WhatsApp and discussing about having pizza to eat, and you tap on the search icon and type pizza. This will return some suggestions such as pizza hut delivery near me , pizza hut coupons and pizza hut . Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here

When you see the list of pizza outlets around you, tap on the one you re interested in ordering from. It will give you information about the place including ratings, business hours, contact number, directions and option to order using Zomato, if applicable. Below this, you will also see a share option to quickly send it to the recipient. ALSO READ: Gboard for iOS now available on India App Store, here s everything you should know about Google s keyboard app

The Google Search feature can also come in handy if you want to check the spelling or meaning of a word before sending it to the recipient. What s more, you can also send GIFs and emojis within the conversation. Earlier, you were required to download a standalone app such as Giphy to copy the emoji and send. However, with GIF search within the Gboard app, you no longer need to install another app.

Other features of Google Keyboard app are also present in the app. This includes slide to type, mic icon for voice dictation, and one handed mode which shrinks the keyboard side to make it easier to type with one hand. The app also supports themes which lets you choose from the pre-defined keyboard themes, or use one of photos as a theme background for the keyboard. There is also an option to turn number row to appear on top of the keyboard. Gboard also supports 36 different languages.

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  • Published Date: December 17, 2016 5:18 PM IST



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