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Gboard (Google Keyboard)

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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

"Gboard" — formerly known as Google Keyboard — is the keyboard developed internally by Google. It is the stock input method for Pixel and Nexus phones, but is also installed on many third-party devices from companies that do not develop their own keyboard.

The keyboard offers a few advanced features like robust emoji support and swiping input, as well as seamless integration to voice typing with Google's voice engine and switching to handwriting input if you choose to install its handwriting keyboard also. There are also advanced keyboard layouts that you can customize to fit your typing style, if that's your sort of thing.

Since rebranding to Gboard from Google Keyboard, the keyboard offers a new "G" button that brings Google Search right into the keyboard. With the tap of a button you can perform web searches that take the place of the keyboard in any app, and let you share the results of your search into the app as if you had typed them.


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Gboard (Google Keyboard)


Does it seem strange that my Sndroid device(s) doesn't come with this already installed? What is the default keyboard for Plain Jane Vanilla Android" It must come with one.

Can't save new words while typing. Previously used to get a "Add to Dictionary" button on the keyboard while typing a new word. For some reason, not getting that anymore. Not sure since when. Beats the entire utility of gesture typing.

It is a shame the way adding words to the dictionary was programmed in this keyboard. You only get the chance to add new words if the keyboard guesses the one you typed as wrong, and underline it in red. It would be really nice to have an option to delete words from it, and adding in advance (instead of waiting for the keyboard inform you that it does not recognise it).

If only Google Keyboard and SwiftKey would merge. I prefer Google's emoji panels over SwiftKey, and their simpler settings. SwiftKey's predictions are unmatched.

Had to uninstall this app from my S6 Edge it kept freezing and nothing other than a restart would sort it, very annoying!

Any chance they've added TAB and even basic cursor control? Otherwise it is pointless and I will have to stick with SwiftKey...Don't really need emoji, gifs, translations, etc. Just need some basic functionality. You would think that being able to TAB would be a higher priority for a keyboard than having it suggest gifs for you...