Google releases new Gboard, but only for iPhone so far

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Yesterday Google unveiled a new way to access Google Translate that did not require constant app switching using a new feature called Tap to Translate. Today they are revealing a new feature that works in a similar manner to super power search inquiries. Instead of a chat head type interface, access is embedded in the new Google keyboard called Gboard. Inexplicably, Google decided to release this only for the iPhone at this time.

As far as the app itself, there is a new button present that users can tap to conduct a quick search. Besides looking up things with a traditional search term, the function is also able to search for emojis, gifs, and other media. Once a desired result is found, users can simply copy and paste it right back into the app they were using. The last item Google notes as being included is Glide Typing, which is similar to other keyboard apps we have seen that let you type by moving your finger from letter to letter instead of tapping them.

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Google does not actually indicate plans to release the new keyboard to Android, but we can hope they will see users would like this capability. In comments on the release, some sources think the function is not needed on Android due to the presence of Google Now on Tap. However, watching the video, this implementation appears to be much easier to use than Now on Tap. If nothing else, the presence of the G search button on the keyboard is a nice reminder that the function is available. For Now on Tap on Android devices, users have to remember to access the function via a long press on the home button.

source: Google


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • Richard Dennis

    I say that looks pretty friggin awesome to me..

  • fredphoesh

    WTF why not on Android??? On Tap is nowhere near as nice as this.