Here’s How to Get Google’s Gboard if You Haven’t Already

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Google’s Keyboard app became available for iOS in May and after months of wait, the company has finally released the Gboard for Android too.

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The company faced a lot of backlash from users when the update was provided for iOS users but not for their own brand of Android phones.

With the 6.0 update for Google Keyboard, users will now be able to enjoy built-in search in their keyboards.

The update will not only be available for phones running on Android Nougat 7.0, but the company is rolling out updates for previous version of Android via Play Store — so don’t worry, you’re eventually going to get one, but if you’re in a bit of a hurry, we’ve got that covered for you.

You can download an APK file here, which will overwrite your previous Google Keyboard settings and give you an updated version — the Gboard.

If you don’t know how to install APK files on your device, read our guide here.

There haven’t been any cosmetic updates on the new Gboard, essentially the app still looks like the old Google Keyboard, barring a few new feature updates.

Features of the Gboard

  • Built-in Google Search: The Gboard has been incorporated with a built-in search option, which let’s you search Google while chatting and sharing the searches with the person on the other end.This one is a helpful feature as it makes discussions with friends seamless as now you don’t have to exit the chat in order to search for things in a different tab.
  • One handed mode: This feature makes it easier for users to type using a single hand, especially on phones with big screens.
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    Long press on the Enter button and select the thumb icon — post which you’ll have the option to pin keyboard to the left or the right of the screen and switch back to the normal one by expanding it using the available option on either the right or left of the screen, respectively.
  • GIF Search: This feature is only available in Hangouts and Google Messenger, and it’s expected that Google will provide an update for this feature to be made available for Gboard on other apps too.

The Gboard’s new upgrades are sure to make it popular amongst the users, as it makes chatting more seamless than before — also it’s entirely free as it always was. So either get your copy today, the way we mentioned above or you can wait for Google to release an update via Play Store for your device too.

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