There wasn’t all that much new in Android 7.1, but among the notable features was the ability to insert GIFs directly into conversations via certain keyboard apps like Gboard. However, this wasn’t a system-wide change, rather being enabled on an app-by-app basis. Now, it seems Twitter has flipped the switch on this feature…
As pointed out by a Reddit user, the latest beta version of Twitter for Android, 6.33.0-beta.556, now enables keyboard GIF support. To enable it, you’ll need to have a device running Android 7.1 (and up), the latest beta version of the Twitter app, and a compatible keyboard, such as Google’s Gboard or Chrooma keyboard.
Twitter’s Android app already packs useful GIF search, but Google’s option expands to a couple of other sources outside of GIPHY, allowing for a few more GIF to make their way to your conversations.
Seeing that this feature is showing up in beta, odds are it will debut on the stable version in the coming weeks, possibly in the next update.