Google Launches An iOS Keyboard, Gboard

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 13, 2016

Gboard Image Courtesy Google has launched a new application for iOS devices called Gboard that puts the power of Google search directly into user’s mobile device’s keyboard. This keyboard had been rumored to be in development earlier this year, and it appears the original reports were accurate. 

The app allow for an easy way to use Google search. It also offers swipe-based typing and access to GIFs, reports . And it includes easy access to common keyboard functions, like emojis and word predictions. The most interesting feature of this keyboard is its direct integration with Google’s services.

By tapping the included “G” icon, the user is able to immediately search Google without exiting your keyboard and launching a browser or the Google app. This allows the user to easily search for things like flight times, news articles, restaurant and business listings, weather and more right from user’s keyboard, then just tap to paste that information into user’s chat. 

This information is presented at the bottom of the screen in a card-style layout, where each listing has its own card. When tapped, the information from the card immediately appears in your conversation, email, notepad or wherever else may be on your phone at the time. This is pasted as hyperlinked text, so the user can do things like pull up the listing in Google Maps, phone a business or perform a web search for the item in question, among other things.

“We wanted to bring the best of Google to Gboard, so you’ll see Maps, Translate, image and video search, News and others,” says Rajan Patel, the head of the product team that developed Gboard. 

“Initially, Gboard will not surface any information specific to you,” he added, hinting that a personalized keyboard is in the works for the future.

In addition, the app supports GIF search. Google partnered with Riffsy to improve predefined GIF categories, but GIF search is powered by Google search and will surface GIFs from a number of sources.

Gboard is available today through the App Store, and so far only comes in English in the US. But, the company says more languages are soon to follow.