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To all the iPhone users out there!! This pristine breathtaking app is designed exclusively for you! Gboard is a new keyboard from Google for your iPhone. It has all the things that one would expect from a great keyboard – GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing – plus Google Search built in. Search and send anything from Google:
• Nearby stores and restaurants
• Videos and images
• Weather forecasts
• News and articles
• Sports scores
• And anything else you’d search on Google
What Gboard sends to Google:
• When you do a search, Gboard sends your query to Google’s web servers so Google can process your query and send you search results.
• Gboard also sends anonymous statistics to Google to help us diagnose problems when the app crashes and to let us know which features are used most often. Thus Gboard keeps all your personal informations private.
What Gboard doesn’t send to Google:
• Gboard will remember words you type to help you with spelling or to predict searches you might be interested in, but this data is stored only on your device. This data is not accessible by Google or by any apps other than Gboard.
If you like swipe keyboards or just like the convenience of searching on the fly from your keyboard, this is the one to get. In comparison to the stock apple keyboard with emoji, much of the same design language is present, and so are all the features with it. It looks like if the Google app had a kid with the apple keyboard. Searches are basically just a little window to search in, and search results appear as Google cards. One noted disadvantage about the app is that when you try to open the search or a link in a browser, it only goes to safari. The emoji keyboard is great and again, all features are present. The only complaint with this whole app that can take away from the experience of what these things called keyboards are designed to do, is that the whole keyboard seems one step behind your typing. This is definitely not as apparent as other 3rd party keyboards, and with an iPhone 5, there probably isn’t any lag on the newer iPhones.
Gboard for iOS is the gold standard for third party keyboards for your iPhone or iPad – bar none, this is one trailblazer of a keyboard and as of now, it is better than the best keyboards out there for iOS – unsurprisingly, one will be totally blown out of mind by just how seamless & responsive the typing experience & functionality is.
Those with Android-powered phones sometimes have enjoyed the fruits of Google’s labor earlier than those with iPhones — the Chrome browser, for example, or the ability to store Google Maps for offline use. But people with Apple’s iOS-powered mobile devices were the first to get Gboard, the search-enabled, emoji-rich, GIF-infused keyboard that Google released Thursday, 13th, 2016.
And for the Android users, Just Relax! You apparently won’t be left in the cold forever. Google is “working on the best way to bring the same functionality to Android right now,” said Bri Connelly, a Google product manager involved with Gboard. She also added that multilingual support will arrive soon for those who don’t just speak English.
Gboard, the keyboard features a button on the upper left that lets you perform web searches, look for images or GIFs, or even search for emoji without ever leaving the keyboard. Results from web searches can be instantly pasted into a text box. In addition to the search functionality, Gboard also offers word tracing. Overall, it appears to be a blend of Google’s best features from its keyboard and Google Now On Tap service on Android, but brought to the iPhone. You can download the new keyboard from the App Store now.
Gboard looks just like a normal keyboard except for the Google icon on the left side of the suggestion bar. Tap on it, and you’ll get the familiar Google search bar with suggestions above it. Type in a query and the usual “return/send” button will turn blue and say “search.” Results appear in a horizontally scrolling interface in the keyboard area that allows you to sift through search results without leaving your current app. There are tiny tabs on the bottom for normal search results, images, and GIFs.
Normal results can be pasted into the conversation as either usable text or as a picture of the Google results card. In the normal search results, you’ll see more than just local businesses—most of the Google answer cards seem to be present. You can get a card that covers the weather, a celebrity, or a direct answer to a question. You can also find YouTube videos and drop them right into a conversation.
The idea is to offer a better way to get media and other search results into your conversation. If you wanted to show a friend a trailer on YouTube, the normal work flow would involve leaving the app, opening search, typing your query, copying the result, going back to the messaging app, and pasting the link. Gboard lets you do all that without leaving the current app while saving you a few of those steps.
Gboard is also a normal keyboard, so it supports swiping, just like the Google Keyboard on Android. It can also search through your emojis—for instance writing “cat” will make the little cat emoji show up in the suggestions list.
By tapping the included “G” icon, you’re able to immediately search Google without exiting your keyboard and launching a browser or the Google app.
This allows you to easily search for things like flight times, news articles, restaurant and business listings, weather and more right from your keyboard, then just tap to paste that information into your chat.
This information is presented to you at the bottom of the screen in a card-style layout, where each listing has its own card.
When tapped, the information from the card immediately appears in your conversation, email, notepad or wherever else may be on your phone at the time. This is pasted as hyperlinked text, so you can do things like pull up the listing in Google Maps, phone a business or perform a web search for the item in question, among other things.
However, one can also just tap on the “Paste” button from iOS’s “Edit” menu in order to copy the actual card. While this is not hyperlinked (it’s an image), it presents the information in an attractive format, along with the included details, whether that’s a business’s open hours and address, today’s temperature, flight times or whatever else you may have searched.
In addition, the app supports GIF search. Google partnered with Riffsy to improve predefined GIF categories, but GIF search is powered by Google search and will surface GIFs from a number of sources. To find a relevant GIF, you tap the emoji icon on your keyboard (the smiley face icon). This lets you access common emojis, but a button at the bottom lets you switch over to the GIF search section instead.
From here, you’re offered a selection of reaction GIF categories, like “high five,” “thumbs up,” “hair flip,” “mic drop,” “shrug,” etc. You can also search for a GIF using keywords.
When you find one you like, you tap it and it automatically copies so you can paste it into the conversation.
Google made an interesting improvement to using emojis, too. Instead of having to manually scroll through the various emoji screens, you can search for a term like “dance” or “wine” and the app will return the matching emoji.
The new keyboard application also allows you to touch type or swipe, depending on your personal preference. To glide type, you just drag one finger between letters. You don’t even have to hit the spacebar.
This makes one-handed typing easier — and that’s a feature that Microsoft has been promoting with its popular iOS keyboard, Word Flow.
One major drawback to using Google’s keyboard over Apple’s default is that it can’t include a microphone for dictation — Apple doesn’t allow any third-party keyboard to offer this, in fact. That means you can’t use “OK Google” or even Siri or Apple’s own dictation mic, for example.
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