Google Keyboard updated with personalized suggestions

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.

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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18 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google Keyboard > Swiftkey imo.

7. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I wish it had emojis for non kitkat devices tho

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Loving the emoji keyboard. :')

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

14. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Swype > Google Keyboard IMO.

15. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

3. maulgandhi unregistered

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

4. maulgandhi unregistered

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

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

you've mistaken swype for swiftkey.

5. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

8. tywanjames

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

One of the best and often overlooked features.

10. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

13. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

When trying to get 30 lives in Contra.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

16. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

17. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

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

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