The Gboard app, Google’s take at a smartphone keyboard will be getting some new features following its latest update, released on Monday, July 31. Thanks to this, users will be able to easily access and use YouTube and Google Maps directly from the keyboard. They will also be able to doodle at will following this update.
Gboard App is Extending its Features List
Gboard, a Google product, already came with a series of integrated options. Now, these will come to include a number of other products of the company as well, services such as YouTube or Google Maps. Considered key services, their integration will allow Gboard users to easily share their location with friends, for example. Or they can share any address, at will, through the same feature and directly from their keyboard.
App users will also find it easier than ever to share a YouTube video, without having to launch the service’s app to do so. They will be able to search and share a video directly from the Gboard app.
Gboard was launched in 2016, initially only on iOS and later integrated for Android as well. In its initial release, the app already offered the most utilitarian Google Search features from directly within the keyboard.
At its launch, the Gboard app offered its users an easy way of searching for news, flight times, business listings, restaurants, and several others. These could then be ‘copy-pasted into the conversation. Later updates started offering improvements such as suggesting phrases while the user typed. Or coming with GIF and emoji suggestions, or instant translations, and many more.
Searching Google became easier with the addition of the “G” button. Now, with the touch of a button, users will also be able to call up YouTube and Maps. The results will be displayed card-style, at the bottom of the screen, and users can just swipe horizontally through them.
By tapping on the desired result, the user can then add it into the chat, no matter which app or service is being used.
Considered a minor update, adding doodling is also a fun update, one which can be accessed through the “Ink” option. Tapping the emoji button will access a new pen, which allows the user to draw and then send the creation as a message.
These updates will initially be available only on the iPhone, as an Android version will be rolled out later on. The app will also support Hebrew, Farsi, and Arabic, following the update.
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