Google Keyboard v5.0 gets one-handed mode and more

Google Keyboard v5.0 gets one-handed mode and more
Google Keyboard is getting a pretty massive update this week, bringing a number of new features. The best one may be a new one-handed mode to allow for easier typing with... one hand (that was pretty obvious). The other updates are pretty cool, but will require a bit more digging to make the most of them because they aren't so apparent.

One-handed mode can be easily toggled by long-pressing the comma key (where you would normally just find the Settings option,) and you can choose if you prefer left-handed or right-handed orientations, or just switch on the fly. Basically, one-handed mode shrinks the keyboard to make it easier to reach all the keys. 

If you dig into the settings, you can now change the height of the keyboard between a few options to suit your screen size and preferences. There's also an option to allow "long-press for hinted symbols" which basically means that you can long-press on any key to get the symbol that would be in that spot when you toggled to the symbols layout. It's a very nice option for those of you who love punctuation. Also on that symbol layout are new buttons to bring up a numpad or get to emoji. 

Lastly, there are a number of changes to predictions and gesture typing. You can now long-press a word in the predictions bar to delete it from your dictionary, which is great if Google has learned some common typos from your history. With gesture typing, the prediction of the word you're trying to type won't be hovering anymore, but found in the prediction bar. You can also delete words by swiping left from the delete key, or move the cursor by swiping left or right on the space bar. 

Overall, a very nice update that should be rolling out now. 


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12 Comments

2. cgarcia2694

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

K.....

3. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Finally, the lack of height adjustment is the only reason i dont use it

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

After paying for a few keyboards I still end up using Google keyboard because it's serviceable with good voice dictation support.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

After paying for a few keyboards I still end up using Google keyboard because it's serviceable with good voice dictation support.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I frankly, never bothered changing from the stock Cyanogen OS keyboard that came with my OnePlus One. Supports quick gestures, custom dictionary, voice dictation, and looks great with the Halo theme. I just have additional keyboards for special app functions; 1Password auto-fill keyboard, AirDroid remote typing keyboard.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The way I see it; Android N will definitely steal the spotlight from iPhone 7 and its fat arse sibling... Split screen multitasking, actionable notifications and better doze feature... Seems like iOS will be left far behind after a long hiatus...

10. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I'm still on version 4.1.23164

11. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Nothing matches with Swiftkey's predictive engine, it is unreal

12. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Thanks once again to TouchWiz for those wonderful features.

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Sony's and LG's are better. I tried them all three but Touchwiz keyboard never got my taste. Still, I ended up with Swiftkey tho.

14. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

It would be better if they focused on better accuracy and prediction!

15. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

I just want them to add the separate number row without switching to pc keyboard layout.

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