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Google Keyboard updated with personalized suggestions

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Google Keyboard updated with personalized suggestions
You had to know that this was coming at some point. Google didn't push its own keyboard app into the Play Store simply to add gesture typing. The plan was likely always to make the Google Keyboard more Googley, and today starts the rollout with that update. Google has begun a rollout of an update to its keyboard which adds personalized suggestions.

Google Keyboard updated with personalized suggestions
This is not the same as the personal dictionary that already exists and is synced to your different devices via Google's cloud. This update brings personalized suggestions that Google has learned from your usage of other Google products. The feature is turned on by default, but the keyboard will give you a very prominent warning the first time you use it after the update. It warns that the keyboard will use suggestions learned from other Google products and services, meaning Gmail, Calendar, Google+, Drive, etc. 

You can turn off this feature and delete the data Google has gathered to power this feature if you want. If not, your keyboard should get quite a bit smarter in a very short period of time, assuming you have used other Google services enough. And, as always, if you don't like the privacy implications of this feature, and turning it off and deleting the data isn't enough for you, there are plenty of keyboard alternatives in the Play Store that you can grab instead of Google's offering. 

The update will be rolling out over the next few days, but if you want to sideload the update, you can grab the APK at the source.

Download: Google Keyboard

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posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:33 1

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8172; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Google Keyboard > Swiftkey imo.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:28

7. trustory (Posts: 104; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I wish it had emojis for non kitkat devices tho

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 02:10 1

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8172; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Loving the emoji keyboard. :')

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 07:43

18. Scott93274 (Posts: 833; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


That's actually one thing I'm not a fan of...

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 10:14

14. Augustine (Posts: 704; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I'm not sure. I tried Swype before, and it was more accurate and less buggy than Google's.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:39 1

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1267; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Swype > Google Keyboard IMO.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 10:15

15. Augustine (Posts: 704; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I think that Swype is the gold standard among such keyboards. Or rather, copper standard, since it too has room for improvements.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:45 2

3. maulgandhi (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


Cough Cough Google keyboard is free and does same thing cough!!

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:46 1

4. maulgandhi (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


why pay $3.99 for swype, when Google Keyboard does it for free.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:52 2

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1267; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


you've mistaken swype for swiftkey.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 20:49

5. Neo_Huang (Posts: 370; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


I personally like Go Keyboard, because it has really good swype capabilities, and you can download themes and/or set a background picture.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:38 2

8. tywanjames (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I pay for SwiftKey for the simple fact that it has arrows.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:51

9. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


One of the best and often overlooked features.

posted on 19 Mar 2014, 22:56

10. PersianHobo (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


stupid question but when do you guys find yourself using the arrows? I've never used them before.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:57 1

13. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


When trying to get 30 lives in Contra.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 01:13

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2798; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I think this is kind of cool.
My phone is very personal and this brings it closer to being uniquely my own.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 12:34

16. Stuntman (Posts: 712; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I would like to have the best features of different keyboards all combined into one super keyboard. Right now, I use Kii because it has the best landscape layout, my language of choice (Canadian English), the ease of adding or blacklisting words, and decent gesture typing. SwiftKey has the best test prediction/auto-correct, Swype has the best gesture typing and Google can analyse my typing from their services many of which I use.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 20:14

17. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


If you got skin on your ui, it will be buggy

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