Google’s fancy Gboard keyboard has been updated with some new tricks that should help you type faster and spend less time digging through your emoji drawer. Yep, this update is very focused on helping you find emojis quicker.
Instead of looking through all of your emojis, you can now simply draw the emoji you want to use. If you draw a cat, Gboard will suggest cat emojis.
Okay, so maybe that won’t exactly be faster than just typing “cat” into the search box, but it’s much more fun. There is a new feature in Gboard’s autocorrect that should help you save some time, though.
The keyboard now includes phrase suggestions instead of just word suggestions, so if you type “looking forward” then Gboard will suggest “to seeing” and similar phrases to insert afterwards. It’s contextually aware and should help you save some time instead of tapping single words.
Search results from within the keyboard will also display more results, and you can hop straight into other actions for results, including Maps, phone calls, and watching videos.
Lastly, Gboard has broken the 200 mark for supported languages and is adding suggestions and gesture typing for Azerbaijani (Iran), Dhivehi, French (Belgium), Hawaiian, Maori and Samoan, and simple keyboards in Dzongkha, Ewe, Navajo, Tsonga, and K’iche’.
It’s not a huge update, but it’s definitely a fun one.
Download it now: Google Play