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

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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.



source: Google Play via GSMArena

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posted on 02 Jan 2017, 04:12

1. vartotojas (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


bulls**t

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 07:41 4

4. Nopers (Posts: 462; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


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

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 05:01

2. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 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 02 Jan 2017, 05:41 6

3. Tizo101 (Posts: 515; Member since: 05 Jun 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 02 Jan 2017, 21:49

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 6541; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 23:58

15. gbahns (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jan 2017)


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

posted on 04 Jan 2017, 11:26

20. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 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 02 Jan 2017, 13:27

8. therealestmc (Posts: 457; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


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

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 09:25

5. SmartPhoneMobiles (Posts: 85; Member since: 16 Oct 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 02 Jan 2017, 12:14

7. Jackdaw (Posts: 60; Member since: 10 Mar 2016)


Just use SwiftKey

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 13:41

9. SmartPhoneMobiles (Posts: 85; Member since: 16 Oct 2016)


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

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 15:18

11. Awalker (Posts: 1677; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


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

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 23:56

14. gbahns (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jan 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 02 Jan 2017, 12:10

6. greathero1 (Posts: 575; Member since: 13 Jun 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.

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 15:00

10. mikehunta727 (Posts: 1057; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Works better then Samsung's laggy stock keyboard

posted on 02 Jan 2017, 23:13

13. Leo_MC (Posts: 2540; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


The support in iOS us only for 6 languages.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 00:02

16. gbahns (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Jan 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.

posted on 03 Jan 2017, 04:27

17. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 81; Member since: 30 Nov 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 03 Jan 2017, 10:40

18. technitude (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Dec 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 04 Jan 2017, 01:18

19. Romantico3pe (Posts: 119; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


themessssssss

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