Google's Gboard app exceeds 500 million downloads in the Play store

Google's Gboard app exceeds 500 million downloads in the Play store
It's been two weeks since Google redesigned its keyboard application for Android devices and republished it under a different name in the Play store. Now Gboard, formerly known as Google Keyboard, has exceeded 500 million installs.

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.

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20 Comments

1. vartotojas

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

bulls**t

4. Nopers unregistered

I'm calling the fact it's just an update from the old keyboard. (released march 2014)

2. Settings

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.

3. Tizo101

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.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I only wish Google would add a number rows on top. That's the primary reason i keep my default Samsung keyboard.

15. gbahns

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 02, 2017

The number row on top was added in the new release. You just need to turn it on in settings.

20. McLTE

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.

8. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Can you not just use it to type? You don't have to use all the features.

5. SmartPhoneMobiles

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 ..

7. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Just use SwiftKey

9. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

I have it of course .. but I wanted google to make it same.. Swift feels kind of laggy

11. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You can go into the keyboard settings and enable the symbols.

14. gbahns

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.

6. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

It works quite well on iOS. I've been using it for about a week now and love it compared to the stock keyboard.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Works better then Samsung's laggy stock keyboard

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The support in iOS us only for 6 languages.

16. gbahns

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 02, 2017

The one thing I wish they'd fix is how it doesn't show suggestions when you're typing in a search field, e.g. In Chrome, YouTube, or Google Now. This is really annoying.

17. IgorEfremenko

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.

18. technitude

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.

19. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

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