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Google launches GBoard keyboard app for iOS

Google Gboard keyboard app for iOS
Google Gboard keyboard
Next to emojis and GIFs, this app also offers Google Search capabilities that are very easy to use, as well as the ability to send information it retrieves.

Not so long ago, we heard that Google was working on an iOS-based keyboard app and now this piece of code is finally official. Just as expected, it comes with integrated search functionality, as well as a few other goodies. 

Google Gboard works closely with Google Search, offering a quick way to retrieve information and deliver it to apps like iMessage in a very convenient way. For example, when chatting in iMessage and trying to find a certain location on the map, search results appear at the bottom of the thread and sending the information to the other party only requires a tap on the screen. On the other hand, the traditional approach requires to leave the chat app, open search, find the location, copy the address, then switch back to iMessage and paste the information to send.

In addition to searching/sending information, Gboard also features emojis and GIFs, as well as Glide Typing. Thanks to this method, users can type words without lifting their finger off the screen, replacing traditional tapping with sliding. 

Google Gboard works with any messaging and email app, even with YouTube. It is a free app that currently can be downloaded in English in the US via the Apple App Store, but more languages will be added soon.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-05-14 (Update: 2016-05-14)