Google is adding a dedicated button for making GIF with the release of new update for its Gboard keyboard on iOS. According to The Verge, Google is moving the GIF-maker button placed at the bottom to the top alongside the word suggestion bar. The placement of the button not only makes it convenient but also highly accessible.
Tapping the button allows iOS users to create a short moving image using either the front or rear camera. By pressing the Make-a-GIF button, users can either record a Loop, which is a three-second footage similar to that of Boomerang or a Fast-Forward that record up to a minute of footage and then speeds up to create a GIF. Once you are done recording the GIF, you can copy and paste the GIF into your message and send it across to your friends and family.
The feature is currently available only on iOS and is yet to arrive on Android. As observed by Engadget, the feature is not immediately available on iOS and the GIF-maker button is visible only after you reinstall the keyboard. Google hasn’t officially announced the feature and its app store page also does not mention the update with change in GIF-maker button. It is also not clear when the feature will make its way to Android, where it is the default keyboard.
Google also offers an app named Motion Stills which allows users to record and make their own GIFs. Apple iOS users can even turn their live photos into GIFs with the Motion Stills app. GIF is a new norm in digital conversation and by placing the button alongside the word suggestion bar, Google is giving it further push and might even lead to you tapping the button instead of sending a text message.