Gboard launched by Google

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A new application was launched by Google for iOS devices called as Gboard that will put google’s power search directly into your mobile device’s keyboard. It was rumoured to be in development last year itself, and now it seems that the reports were quite appropriate. The application allows quite easy way to use Google search, it offers one of those swipe-based typing and access to GIF’s as well.

Of course, the most interesting feature of this keyboard is its direct integration with Google’s services. By tapping the included “G” icon, you’re able to immediately search Google without exiting your keyboard and launching a browser or the Google app. This allows you to easily search for things like flight times, news articles, restaurant and business listings, weather and more right from your keyboard, then just tap to paste that information into your chat. (You’ll need to give the app access to your location the first time you launch this feature.) This information is presented to you 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 you 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.

However, you can also just tap on the “Paste” button from iOS’s “Edit” menu in order to copy the actual card. While this is not hyperlinked (it’s an image), it presents the information in an attractive format, along with the included details, whether that’s a business’s open hours and address, today’s temperature, flight times or whatever else you may have searched. “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.

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