Google's Gboard app exceeds 500 million downloads in the Play store
by Cosmin Vasile / Jan 02, 2017, 4:02 AM
Of course Gboard did not registered 500 million downloads in just two weeks, but the most recent major update released by Google was enough to push it past that incredible milestone.
With more than 120 languages supported, GIF and emoji support, as well as glide and voice typing, Gboard is among the most complete and powerful keyboard applications for Android devices.
It allows users to search and share anything from Google, including weather forecasts, news, sports scores, video and images, nearby stores and restaurants. Gboard also makes it easier to type in multiple languages without having to manually switch between them.
Although Google has added GIF support, this feature is only available in apps that have implemented image keyboard support.
On top of that, Gboard learns as you type, which means that you won't have to add word manually to a personal dictionary. Simply type a word once and you can gesture type it or find it in suggestions next time.
Gboard offers many more interesting features, which is probably one of the reasons the number of downloads surged in the last couple of weeks. If you haven't yet tried it out yet, you should definitely give it a chance.
Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014
Bloated keyboard. I just want a keyboard that can essentially type. I'll have my searches and weathers, sports all that jazz somewhere else.
posted on Jan 02, 2017, 5:01 AM 0
Posts: 543; Member since: Jun 05, 2015
the keyboard is no invasive to the typing experience... I've been using since available and I honestly say I prefer it to the Samsung offering.
posted on Jan 02, 2017, 5:41 AM 6
Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011
the Gboard keyboard DOES have a dedicated number row! It's an option in the settings. :) I was thrilled to see this.. Once I got used to the number row with my Note 2, there is no going back! The Samsung keyboard is VERY frustrating with regards to text correction. We'll see if this Gboard does a better job.
posted on Jan 04, 2017, 11:26 AM 0
Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016
It was me.. I sent them feedback that their keyboard is disaster.. And told them to make it better.. Looks like they seem to listened.. Added proper keyboard sound Merged languages.. But they forgot one thing.. To show symbols on main keyboard and by pressing and holding would imput symbols.. So will wait if they will add it ..
posted on Jan 02, 2017, 9:25 AM 0
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Just use SwiftKey
posted on Jan 02, 2017, 12:14 PM 0
Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 02, 2017
Google Keyboard had had symbols on the main keyboard for a long time. You just need to enable it in settings. Another option is to tap and drag from ?123 to the symbol you want, which works whether you've enabled symbols on the main keyboard or not.
posted on Jan 02, 2017, 11:56 PM 0
Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011
Gboard is a perfect example of how to ruin an amazing product. The old google keyboard was solid, functional and bugs free. This new piece of s*** struggles with auto-correct, in half of the cases does not type anything when you swipe, and even freezes itself every now and then.
posted on Jan 03, 2017, 4:27 AM 0
Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013
I downloaded it, but then was creeped out by Google saying they were going to record everything I typed, especially usernames. So, I don't use it. I don't care if they know when I type "Pizza" generally, but if I use it as part of my username, I don't want to start seeing ads for Little Caesars. Privacy related words: Names, Phone Numbers, Usernames, Passwords, etc. They should figure out a way to protect those data fields from data collection.
posted on Jan 03, 2017, 10:40 AM 0
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