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Gboard, the popular Google keyboard gets updated to bring handwriting support, a delete feature and others

The popular virtual keyboard app from Google, Gboard, has been updated for the Android OS. The most recent batch provides some new functionality, which includes support for handwriting.

If you want to try handwriting, just select ‘Language’ settings (you can do so by long pressing the spacebar), choose the language you desire, and select handwriting as a layout. This functionality will be particularly useful for writing systems and alphabets which feature many symbols and characters. However, the layout is present for all the languages that are supported.

Gboard, the popular Google keyboard gets updated to bring handwriting support, a delete feature and others

Some new features are also there, For instance, a fast delete feature, suggestions in the URL field, and also Hindish style support for 19 new Indian languages. Support has also been added for different languages. These include Awadhi, Bambara, Bundeli, Emilian-Romagnol, Fulani, Gilaki, Hiligaynon, Jamaican Patois, Kumaoni, Lambadi, Lombard, Madurese, Minangkabau, Mazanderani, Nahuatl, Neapolitan, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Piedmontese, Sadri, Santali (Devanagari and Bengali), Sicilian, Sylheti, Venetian, and Zazaki.

All the new additions and features will make the Gboard even a more beloved app than it originally was. The handwriting feature will make it easier to convert handwriting to text. All you need to do is to write on your smartphone and it will convert your handwriting into text. Suggestions shown in the URL field will speed up your search, as you will get suggestions when you type.

The latest updates can be found on the Google Play Store. You can even find more about the Gboard app there.

Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard—speed and reliability, Glide Typing, voice typing, and more—plus Google Search built in. No more app switching; just search and share, right from your keyboard.

Glide Typing — Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter

Voice typing — Easily dictate text on the go

Search and share: — Press the G to search and share anything from Google:

Nearby stores and restaurants

Weather forecasts

News articles

Sports scores

And anything else you’d search on Google

Emoji Search — Find that emoji, faster

GIFs — Search and share GIFs for the perfect reaction.

Multilingual typing — No more switching between languages manually. Gboard will autocorrect and suggest from any of your enabled languages.

Google Translate — Translate as you type in the keyboard


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M. Omer

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