Gboard adds emoji and GIF suggestions, live Google Translate integration

Google just announced a couple of new features for Gboard that are rolling out today to Android devices.

The in-house keyboard for the platform gets new forms of expression to keep your conversations lively and concise as well as Google Translate integration.

Both emojis and GIFs are now offered in suggestions above the virtual keyboard’s buttons. As you’re typing, Gboard can show emojis instead of words for you to choose and drop right into a conversation.

GIFs, meanwhile, are suggested as search terms. Choose a GIF suggestion and Gboard will perform a quick search for related media. Sharing GIFs will work in apps like Hangouts, Allo, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat; therefore, not every app you use will accept GIFs through Gboard. You may have to first save the file through GIF and then send as an attachment.

A major newbie for Gboard is Google Translate integration. Instead of going to separate apps, you can hit the Translate icon in the quick menu before typing anything. Translate will launch within Gboard for instant translations.

Google is, for the benefit of all Gboard users, integrating various services into its keyboard to improve productivity. It appears we’re going to reach a point where you don’t have to leave one app at all to enter specific information from another app. Gboard could be the all-in-one service bringing apps together.

It’s all live at the moment, and you should expect to have access to the new features within the coming days. Just head over to the Play Store and make sure your Gboard app is updated to the latest version.

Download it now: Google Play

Source: Google

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