Google launches brand new keyboard for iOS - Gboard arrives with built-in search functionality

Google just released a brand new keyboard for iOS - Gboard. It's a regular swipe-enabled keyboard that arrives with a killer feature: it allows you to search Google for whatever you've just typed by simply tapping a button. You can then easily copy and paste the search result of your choice to the text box you're currently inputting text. 

Predictive search, as well as contacts search are also on the feature list, which is nice. Something that's missing is the support for other languages - you can only use Gboard in English right now, but that's a minor gripe. The regular scope of keyboard features has also made the cut: auto-capitalization, character previews, auto-correction, case switching, and emoji suggestions are a go.

All in all, Gboard will save you a few taps and clicks here and there, and definitely has potential. Needless to say, it's free to download and use.

Download: Gboard (iOS)



1. LikeABauss

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

iOS only?! It's not April fools day, Google! Why u no make for android?!

2. TerryTerius unregistered

Because you already have Google keyboard on an android? They can always update it.

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

It's coming From Plus Google Keyboard just got a huge update with various features this keyboard doesn't have

3. TBomb

Posts: 1575; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

maybe it's a test... or this keyboard is coming out in Android N?

8. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

YE. Let iOS users be the guinea pigs!!!

11. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Apple is increasingly trying to push Google out so this is Google's way of trying to get back in. Android users have a ton of ways to search.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah let us get the better app builds and pleasing UI.

4. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Android users have now on tap.

10. TerryTerius unregistered

Oh yeah. That too. I still haven't really taken advantage of that feature yet.

9. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Google's most value customers for their revenue are on iOS. They need to keep them searching.

20. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

This keyboard may come to Android but it's more useful on iOS because iOS users don't have Google now on tap.

13. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Because dem dey make more money for IOS.

18. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

They have separate teams for iOS and Android, they don't have to choose one over the other, they are coming up with such things on iOS because they want something similar to Android's Google now on tap

5. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's so nice to finally get a Google keyboard on IOS. The stock one is boring and most third-party ones are terribad. I'll try it out on my 6s+.

6. zeropants

Posts: 42; Member since: May 31, 2012

This is my new favorite iOS keyboard.

7. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Google racist as always do not include it for Android smh

14. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012


16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes because you can totally be racist toward an OS lol. That makes anyone who hates iOS or Android a racist now........OScist lol.

19. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Yeah they are racist, Google now on tap is only for Android.

12. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Not available in Canada yet :/.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Until Apple allows 3rd party keyboards to use dictation I won't be using them. I love swipe but I can live without it.....dictation not so much. I've learned to tap so fast with one hand again I'd acually forgotten how fast I could actually type without swipe. I still miss it though, if only Apple would add it to their keyboard.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Pretty ironic how I searched for google keyboard 3-4 days ago on the app store and it wasn't there but now it kinda is lol. Guess i'll give it a try. I still haven't had an iOS device long enough to know which major apps from Android aren't in app store.

22. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

There aren't too many missing ones to my knowledge, and I've used both platforms extensively. The same for IOS to Android transitions. Greenify comes to mind as a glaring omission, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

25. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah you're right there aren't many apps missing and that's why I don't know about the ones that are because there are so few of them.

29. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

But the way that Android M and iOS handles multi-tasking, I don't even think Greenify has any purpose at all.

24. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Imagine not skippable 20 second ads on your keyboard haha

26. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Seems very cool. When will it be launched in Europe?

27. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

I'm using it right now on my new iPad LTE 32gb. Woot woo!

28. ryansc375

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I think this news is pretty huge. I personally find Swype and Swiftkey on my iPhone 6s to be pretty lousy compared to their Android counterparts on my HTC One M8. However, I think Gboard better than the recently updated Google Keyboard for Android. To me, this is transformative, because the keyboards on iOS totally slow me down compared to what's been available on Android. Glad Gboard is here!

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