Google has just released a new update for Gboard that revolutionizes the use of the keyboard toolbar. It now offers many customization options, as well as making it easier to access certain features. Take a look at what awaits you in the coming days.
Gboard is undoubtedly one of the best keyboards on Android. Google takes care of updating it regularly to always improve your experience. Proof of this is the next update, already available for some users in the beta version, which completely changes the way the toolbar works. At the moment this can be customized by clicking on the three dots on the right-hand side and then dropping the required tools into the bar.
So the first major change in this update is the design change for this button, which becomes a context menu made up of four squares with rounded edges and moved to the left of the keyboard. Clicking on it, we find that Google has started to add two options that were absent until now: an emoji button and a language button, which can be placed in the toolbar, so you can access them quickly.
GBOARD will soon completely change how the toolbar works
Another novelty that customization enthusiasts will love, Gboard now lets you add as many shortcuts as you like. Until now it was only possible to choose four. Finally, Google will also be replacing the Voice Search button, which looks like a microphone, with an entirely different shortcut. At the moment, it is still impossible to touch the latter.
In other words, Mountain View is clearly playing the customization card, which can only be useful for the already popular Android keyboard. We will also notice that a new privacy menu has appeared, which however does not add any additional options compared to the current version, except that it is more accessible.
All of these changes are visible today via the Gboard 12.6.06.491625702 build, but it’s very likely you’ll have to wait a few more days before you can test them yourself.