Google Bakes Search Into Keyboard App for iPhones
Google today revealed GBoard, a keyboard application for iPhones that includes search capabilities. Google is pitching GBoard as a way to simplify how people use the iPhone by allowing users to perform searches without leaving the current app, such as text messaging. A dedicated button calls up the search tool, which presents results in card form with important details, including addresses, business hours, and phone numbers, on the screen. iPhone owners can then send search results, such as restaurant info, flight times, and news articles, in messages or emails with a single tap. Beyond the search tool, GBoard also brings searchable GIFs to the iPhone keyboard, and makes it easier to find emoji. Last, the app includes swipe-style typing, so iPhone owners can trace their finger across the keyboard rather than peck at individual letters. GBoard is free to download from the iTunes App Store.
Google's GBoard App for iPhone Gains Maps, YouTube, Drawing Features
Jul 31, 2017
Google today updated its GBoard application for the iPhone and gave the keyboard some powerful new tools. Moving forward, a tap of the "G" button calls up not only Google Search, but YouTube and Google Maps as well.
Google's GBoard App for Android Lets You Draw Emoji
Jun 12, 2017
Google today updated its GBoard keyboard application for Android handsets and made it possible for people to draw emoji. In the emoji search tool, GBoard can recognize finger-scrawled pictures and then automatically insert the correct emoji into your text.
Facebook Brings GIFs to Comments
Jun 15, 2017
Facebook today made it possible to share GIFs within comment threads on posts. Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs for some time; in fact, people share 25,000 GIFs in Messenger every minute, totaling some 13 billion GIFs in 2016.
BlackBerry Adds Swipe Typing to Priv's Keyboard
May 3, 2016
BlackBerry Priv smartphone owners can now swipe across the keyboard to input text, rather than press individual letters. BlackBerry says Priv owners have to turn on Type By Swipe manually, and can choose to swipe either on the software keyboard or the physical keyboard.
Voice Typing in Google Search, GBoard for Android Gains 30 New Languages
Aug 14, 2017
Google today updated its Google Search and GBoard applications for Android devices and expanded the number of languages supported in voice typing by 30. Google said it worked with native speakers of these languages from around the world to build the needed speech sample data.
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