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Six months after iOS release, Gboard finally comes to Android

The long-awaited update for Android integrates search functionality directly into the keyboard. (Source: AndroidPolice)
The long-awaited update for Android integrates search functionality directly into the keyboard. (Source: AndroidPolice)
Google's Gboard has finally come to Android, replacing Google Keyboard. The update includes search and sharing of urls, pictures, and gifs directly from the keyboard, as well as many other enhancements.

Six months after Google's Gboard keyboard was made available for iOS it has finally been released for Android. The update should be rolling out across the Play Store as this article is written and is designed to replace the superseded Google Keyboard.

What's to be excited about? The new update adds a lot of convenient functionality, first and foremost the ability to access a quick in-app google search with the touch of the "G" icon in the top left of the keyboard. This icon gives instant access to google search, allowing the user to search for a word or phrase and immediately send the URL of the the result to a friend. The same icon also allows quick access to themes, left/right-handed keyboard, settings, and dictation.

Another welcome feature is the ability to search for emojis. After pressing the emoji key, a search field appears where the user can input keywords to bring up related emojis. The emojis tab now also contains a gif key, which allows the dropping of gifs directly into text fields in supported apps.

If you can't wait another minute for the Play Store to get Gboard in your region, you can head over to APKMirror and get a verified .apk here.

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Douglas Black, 2016-12-13 (Update: 2016-12-13)
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