Gboard Stories August 30

So far, Gboard has received a Material You redesign that introduced rounded UI elements and support for Dynamic Color. The latest tweak to conform to Material You sees Gboard get circular key popups. 

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Gboard Stories August 27

Regardless of the size of your smartwatch, inputting information on it can be a pain. Text input is done best by voice, which makes that tech crucial to get right. On Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4, the default is Samsung’s engine, but it’s easy to switch over to Gboard for some big improvements.

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Gboard Stories August 22

Earlier this week, Gboard widely rolled out its Material You redesign and Dynamic Color theme on Android 12. The Google keyboard is also set to get more MY elements and a redesign of settings.

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Gboard Stories August 13

Gboard now prominently highlights the most likely word suggestion

Besides the flashy Material You redesign on Android 12 and various tweaks to settings in recent weeks, Gboard has gained a small addition where the most likely word suggestion is now prominently highlighted.

Gboard Stories August 5

With the last Pixel Feature Drop in June, Google touted a new Gboard feature that highlights “key snippets” of copied text with a phone number or address. Gboard 10.9, currently in beta, introduces a setting to disable that feature.

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Gboard Stories August 2

Besides the Material You redesign becoming more widely available on Android 12 today, Gboard introduced new settings for “Emojis, Stickers & GIFs” that provide better control over related suggestions and the appearance of expressive media. 

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With Beta 3 earlier this week, Google’s upcoming design language is appearing in more places throughout the OS. Some Android 12 users are now seeing the Gboard Material You redesign live.

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Gboard Stories June 15

One of the best features of Gboard is its extremely clever and fun Emoji Kitchen. On the back of another update rolling out now, Google is also rolling out an updated library for the Emoji Kitchen. Here’s the good news. Finally, Google is giving its beloved blobs some attention, inserting them into the Emoji Kitchen and resulting in some truly adorable combinations.

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Gboard will soon offer Emoji Kitchen suggestions suited to your conversation

Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen, which mixes together emojis to fantastic effect, is getting smarter, suggesting the perfect sticker for the conversation at hand.

Gboard Stories June 10

Android 12 Beta 2 launched yesterday with the wallpaper-based theming announced at Google I/O. We already provided a preview of the upcoming support in Google Messages, and now here’s an early look at the Material You “Dynamic Color” theme in the works for Gboard.

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Gboard Stories May 25

Android 12 brings the biggest visual overhaul to the platform we’ve seen in recent years with a major revamp to Material Design. The redesign leans pretty heavily on rounded UI elements, and now, Gboard is rolling out a take on this design with rounded buttons to some users.

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Gboard Stories May 16

For the past several versions, Google has been working on new Gboard themes that have rolled out to very few users. Gboard 10.6 from earlier this week reveals that a more significant redesign for Pixel phones running Android 12 is actively being developed.

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Gboard Stories May 11

Gboard clipboard starts surfacing and suggesting recent screenshots

As we spotted at the start of this year, Google is now starting to surface recently captured screenshots directly in the Gboard clipboard for convenient pasting.

Gboard Stories May 8

This week, Google introduced Gboard to Wear OS in one of the first wearable app launches in quite some time. One related benefit of Gboard is a much better keypad for entering your PIN on the Wear OS screen lock.

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Gboard Stories May 6

Gboard today is available on Android, iOS, Google/Android TV, and is now coming to Wear OS. The company touts this as bringing “faster and easier messaging” to your wearable.

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Gboard Stories April 23

The clipboard manager in Gboard is a really solid addition, but it might level up soon as a scrolling suggestion bar looks to be in testing with some users.

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Gboard Stories April 2

Introduced widely late last year, Gboard’s Emoji Kitchen is a fun twist on regular emoji that can create some crazy, sometimes cursed creations. Now, the Emoji Kitchen feature is expanding to support more emoji from the Unicode 13.1 standard.

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Gboard Stories March 30

Gboard’s elusive Google Sans font appears to be rolling out again for some users

Gboard often runs A/B tests for new features, themes, and other tweaks, and it appears another one is rolling out this week. Some Gboard users on Android are reporting the return of the Google Sans font after it first appeared last year.

Gboard Stories March 19

After we first spotted in August, Gboard is now rolling out an “enhanced voice typing” experience that features the new Google Assistant found on the latest Pixel phones.

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Gboard Stories February 25

Gboard 10.3 adds setting to turn off clipboard suggestions on Android

Last year, Gboard introduced clipboard suggestions so that users don’t have to long-press when pasting text. A beta update to Google’s Android keyboard today lets you disable that option.

Gboard Stories January 22

Last month, Gboard started testing an updated theme and “enhanced voice typing” for Pixel phones with the new Google Assistant. Gboard 10.2 rolled out to beta users last night with work on expanding themes, as well as a handful of other features.

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Gboard Stories December 8, 2020

Google’s Gboard keyboard has been getting a few tweaks over the past few months. Now, a few months after we first spotted it and following a very limited rollout in September, Gboard seems to be rolling out its revised font and new theme in beta.

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Gboard Stories December 3, 2020

Earlier this year, Google began “cooking” up stickers in Gboard that mix emojis into wild combinations. Gboard’s “emoji kitchen” and its expanded collection of over 14,000 stickers is rolling out for all Android users.

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Gboard Stories November 10, 2020

The latest preview of Google’s Android keyboard briefly tested a new Assistant-powered voice typing experience last week. That has since disappeared, but Gboard is now asking beta users to screenshot their current screen to “help improve Autofill.”

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Gboard Stories October 16, 2020

Not long ago, Google added a wacky and unique “emoji kitchen” to its Gboard keyboard on Android, creating hilarious stickers on the fly. Now, that feature is getting a pretty big upgrade. Gboard can now create emoji stickers based on a user’s combinations.

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Gboard Stories October 2, 2020

Gboard for Android has added some neat — and highly requested — features to the popular mobile keyboard. The latest addition hints that Google wants us using more emoji as the spelling or word suggestion bar now manages to cram in extra icons in the latest Gboard release.

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Gboard Stories September 28, 2020

Google is rolling out Gboard for Android TV w/ condensed layout

Earlier this year, Google announced that a big refresh would be coming to Android TV’s keyboard. “Gboard TV” is now rolling out to Android TV, complete with a fresh design.

Gboard Stories August 21, 2020

Google’s Gboard offers the ability for users to set themes as they see fit, but for the longest time, it ignored the system’s dark mode setting. After showing up a few weeks ago, Gboard is now rolling out the “System Auto” theme to users enrolled in beta.

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Gboard Stories August 12, 2020

The latest batch of emoji that will debut with Android 11 in the coming weeks features 55 new skin tone and gender variants, with Gboard for Android now offering a much-improved table interface for selecting them.

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Gboard Stories August 11, 2020

Google’s Gboard keyboard has been picking up a bunch of new features over the past several days, and now, it’s rolling out another. Real-time translation is coming to Gboard for voice dictation, and it’s rolling out now for Android users.

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Gboard Stories August 10, 2020

Autofill has been a key feature of Android since the 8.0 Oreo release, but the implementation has always felt a little sloppy and unreliable. In Android 11, it seems Google is finally ready to improve autofill in a pretty obvious way — by using the keyboard.

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Google has pushed a quiet update to its Android version of the Gboard keyboard over the past several days which adds a new feature in smart completion as well as a toggle that allows users to turn off the undo autocorrect shortcut.

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With the focus so far primarily being on phones, Google last week launched the final Android 11 Beta. The company this week is focusing on “Android Beyond Phones,” starting with Android TV today. Announcements include new Google Play features, as well as Gboard TV and Android gaming improvements.

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Gboard Stories August 9, 2020

Google last year made speech transcription on Pixel devices work on-device and in real-time. Gboard is now working on “hands free” voice typing that is more than just speech-to-text and builds on the new Google Assistant.

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Gboard Stories July 24, 2020

Earlier this month, we spotted Google’s keyboard for Android working on automatic dark/light themes. Those using the Gboard 9.6 beta are now encountering another feature that we previously enabled: Google Lens integration.

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Gboard Stories July 16, 2020

Ahead of World Emoji Day tomorrow, Google is sharing the final Android 11 character designs. We previewed them last month, and the company is now providing an overview of the 117 new emoji.

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Gboard Stories July 9, 2020

For those on the Android 11 Beta, the latest Gboard 9.6 beta on Tuesday started surfacing the new Emoji 13.0 characters. This release also reveals a new dark theme that can be automatically set, as well as Google Lens integration.

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Gboard Stories July 7, 2020

Last month, we previewed all the new and redesigned emoji coming with Android 11. The Gboard 9.6 beta this evening lets you access and send these new characters.

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Gboard Stories June 30, 2020

Last week, a new beta version of Gboard began rolling out via the Google Play Store. Today, some folks who use the Gboard beta are finding “Smart Compose” features in Google Messages.

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Gboard Stories June 24, 2020

Back in April, Google’s Android keyboard lost the prominent ‘G’ button for accessing search. Gboard’s built-in Google Search capability now looks to have been removed entirely today for some beta users.

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Gboard Stories June 9, 2020

Back in 2018, Google’s keyboard app for Android and iOS added “customized stickers based on you.” The Gboard 9.5 beta today suggests that “Minis” will soon be removed, while there’s more work on emoji suggestions.

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Gboard Stories June 5, 2020

Emoji help us better express ourselves over text messages, and now, Google’s Gboard is testing a new “emoji bar” option to give users faster access.

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Gboard Stories June 2, 2020

Google Messages has one big attractive feature in RCS, but other parts of the app have made it a great offering for all users. For a while, Google has been working on adding smart suggestions for stickers in Google Messages since last year, and now, it looks like that feature will be going live soon, and Gboard is testing a similar function too!

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Gboard Stories May 28, 2020

Viral tweet reminds us how much better voice typing is on Google Pixel vs. iPhone [Video]

Voice dictation is a really handy feature for getting out a message if you can’t type manually, but the usefulness of that feature relies heavily on how fast, and more importantly, how accurate it is. In a recent tweet that’s gone viral, we’re reminded just how much better voice typing is on a Pixel phone compared to Apple’s iPhone.

Gboard Stories May 20, 2020

Following a widely hated A/B test that slapped Google’s logo on the spacebar of Gboard for Android, Google is moving on to something I’m sure everyone will love. For some users, Gboard is testing handy one-tap clipboard suggestions.

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Gboard Stories April 15, 2020

After two high-profile changes last week, the latest beta of Google’s Android keyboard is rolling out. Gboard 9.3 reveals work on an Emoji bar and new/tweaked light theme.

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Gboard Stories April 10, 2020

How do you feel about Gboard’s new Google logo? [Poll]

Overnight, Google flipped the switch for a ton of Gboard users that put the company’s logo smack dab in the middle of the spacebar. Some people don’t care, others are outraged. Where do you stand on the matter?

Over the past day or so, Google has made a quiet update to its Gboard keyboard for Android. For whatever reason, Google has decided to slap its own logo on the Gboard spacebar and people are unsurprisingly not fans of the change.

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