Google’s Gboard keyboard app is now available for Android users. Launched for iOS earlier this year, Gboard app merges the keyboard with Google’s search features, allowing users to look for information, GIF, emoji and more right within the app. Interestingly, users don’t need to download a separate app for this as Google has updated its native keyboard app to Gboard. The official update still hasn t hit many Android users, but for those who still wish to get their hands on them, can go ahead and download the APK file from APK Mirror. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can playAlso Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) server busy error: How to fix the issue in simple tips
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As mentioned earlier, the official update still hasn t hit the Android market here, but we tried out the APK version of Gboard. It is advisable not to download any app from third-party sources, but APK Mirror, according to ArsTechnica, checks the cryptographic signature of a new version against the previous version, which ensures the app is from Google and wasn’t tampered with. The best part about this app is the Google Search integration and it can be used on any app. The Google Search icon is located on the top left of the Gboard app. Just tapping on the icon, will lead to a new search tab wherein one can type whatever query is required. The app has three search suggestions ready which are At what time does the sun set?, Weather, and News. We tried the Search option by typing in pizza and suggestions pop up like, pizza hut delivery near me , pizza hut coupons and pizza hut . You can then select the desired result and send the link with the full information to your contacts.
Something even more cool is that the Google Search works for GIFs and Emoji as well. The GIF option will however only work, if the app being used allows insertion of GIFs through the keyboard itself. We did try it with a few apps, but it did not work. Anyhow, one can search for GIFs the same way as searching for information. The GIF search enables users to type in the kind of GIF they want and the result will pop up in the app. One can also choose among the different GIFs that pop up as results. The GIF search is already available on the iMessage app for Apple users. Moving on, you can search for emoji as well, instead of rummaging through the plentiful numbers of emoji installed on the keyboard. Just type specific keywords like dog, cat, and so on, to find the emoji you re looking for.
You can customize a lot features on the Gboard app, by simply going to the Settings tab. One of the most requested option that has been integrated in the app is display of the number row permanently on-screen. One can select and add different languages on the app, which will then show up in the prediction tab while typing messages. Users also have the option to disable the G icon, which is the Google Search logo on the app. By disabling it, a toolbar will replace it which will consist of shortcuts to Search, Themes, One-Hand mode and Settings. The other customizations are the basic ones available relating to prediction of words, dictionary, sound, vibration and more. While Swiftkey stands as one of the most popular keyboard apps for Android, the rolling out of Gboard will surely stir some competition now. ALSO READ: Gboard for iOS now available on India App Store, here s everything you should know about Google s keyboard app