The recent release of the Gboard keypad app by Google has everyone talking – “is this Google doing iPhone better than Apple?” We’ve had our own experience with the Gboard app itself. In turn, we’ve rounded up a few of the best tricks and tips for use, so you too can get the most out of your clever, new, smartphone keyboard.
Here are the Gboard tricks that we found:
1. Autoprompt Emojis
Everybody knows emojis are sometimes better than words. Now, thanks to Gboard by Google, you don’t have to swipe through endless screens to find your favorite emoji. Instead, Google will offer emojis as an auto populate option – so, to get to the ever so popular Spanish dancing lady emoji, it is now as simple as typing “dancer,” and there she is!
Number two on our list of Gboard tricks is, drum roll please, GIFs! Gifs are the ultimate picture message and one of the best ways to win a battle of wits these days! Gboard by Google lets users search for and send GIFs straight from the keypad to contacts. The app even shows you the most popular GIFs and GIF categories in case you’re at a loss of ideas. With GIFS, pictures are worth more than just 1,000 words, GIFs can say it all!
3. Built in Search
Google being Google and all, Gboard also naturally offers a built in search function. A small button at the top of the keypad seamlessly links to the Google search bar, allowing you to search like normal. So don’t worry, you can still look up everything in the world. This feature alone is a huge time saver and an added convenience for users. This easy to access search function allows users to prove their friends wrong time and time again without ever leaving the text conversation!
Last but certainly not least on our list of Gboard features, we have customization capabilities. Android’s strength lies in its customization function, allowing users to change a multitude of settings across apps to meet the liking of individual tastes and needs. This feature has also transferred nicely to Gboard for ios. For example, Gboard now allows users to opt for emoji auto populate, auto capitalization, and glide typing.
As it tends to happen, Google continues to surprise us with innovative mobile trends and all things search. Evidently, Gboard has a number of unprecedented features, that not only enhance a users typing experience but also make existing methods more convenient. Don’t believe us? Give it a try and see if it’s right for you! Gboard by Google can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
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