Google Gboard keyboard app Arrives For Android

Gboard from Google

Seven months after Google first announced the Gboard for iOS, the keyboard application has finally arrived for Android handsets. While Google is yet to officially announce the update, Android Police reports that GBoard would replace the existing Google keyboard in the next update. The update is still gradually rolling out to users across the globe – so it may be a while before you receive it.

In case you are unaware about the capabilities of the Gboard app, here is a brief lowdown.

To start with, this would be a major upgrade over the plain vanilla keyboard app. The app also brings in integrated Google search, GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing. This means users can now search for anything on the web from within the keyboard app. You can also search for nearby businesses, videos and images, weather forecasts, news and articles, sports scores -basically all the things you possibly can on Google – from within the keyboard app. The app, if granted permissions will also be able to open your contacts – without opening the contacts app on your phone.

Apart from these features, standard keyboard features like glide typing and multiple keyboard formats are supported. Gboard also supports several languages and currently supports up to three different languages without having to manually switch between modes.

In case you are the impatient kind and would like to get a hang of Gboard before it officially comes to you. You can install the apk file from here.

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