Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more

Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more
Google's popular Gboard virtual keyboard app has been updated for Android. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being support for handwriting.

If you'd like to give handwriting a try, simply tap on "Language Settings" (you access it with a long press on the spacebar), select your desired language, and then choose handwriting as alayout. This functionality will be most useful for alphabets and writing systems that feature thousands of symbols and characters, but the layout is available for all supported languages.

Other new features include suggestions in URL fields, a new fast delete feature, and Hindish-style support for an additional 19 Indian languages. 

Finally, support has been added for the following languages - Awadhi, Bambara, Bundeli, Emilian-Romagnol, Fulani, Gilaki, Hiligaynon, Jamaican Patois, Kumaoni, Lambadi, Lombard, Madurese, Minangkabau, Mazanderani, Nahuatl, Neapolitan, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Piedmontese, Sadri, Santali (Devanagari and Bengali), Sicilian, Sylheti, Venetian, and Zazaki.

If you'd like to update to the latest version of Gboard or give it a try for the first time, feel free to follow the link below.

Gboard on Google Play


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9 Comments

1. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Why they don't add an option to completely disable (hide) the top bar (autocorrect bar, and where Google icon is located), to make it look like pre-Gboard layout?

2. kshavm

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Don't you think you should provide a via link to the blog you pick up your app updates often from? Come on, man, we respect this blog, a lot -- don't ruin it.

3. PA_PlamenD

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 17, 2017

I personally saw that Gboard was updated on my phone in the morning and decided to check out what's new. In such cases, there's no need for a via link, even if someone else wrote about it first.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1034; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And you know they (phonearena.com) picked it up from a certain blog, how? Don't you get app update notifications from Google play store? Even if you don't, how did that said blog come about it in the first place? Couldn't they (phonearena.com) had came about it the same way??

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

I really wish Samsung would copy the swipe-typing prediction accuracy of this GBoard app. As much as I love my Note 8, the default Samsung keyboard slows down my typing significantly as its swipe typing prediction is literally the worst I've ever used on a Smartphone and I'm not the only one that thinks that ( https://sck.pm/4j ). It's just saddening as I really love how it automatically switches between between S-Pen mode, Bixby voice typing, and regular qwerty keyboard. Plus it offers an extremely handy built-in system wide clipboard manager (which you can call up via the text action menu), a one hand mode (albeit my hands are big enough to already reach every part of the full keyboard easily), and integrates with Live Messages. Really don't want to switch to another keyboard just 'cause of this miserably implemented aspect of it... might just have to fall back to my old and slow iPhone typing habit. On my OnePlus One, never had the thought of changing the default keyboard. The default keyboard was just downright awesome and easy to use for extremely fast swipe typing, similar experience with GBoard on the OnePlus 5 I got for my mum. Prior to using it, I had experienced swipe typing on a friend's Galaxy S2, back when I was still using iPhones, and it gave me the impression that swipe typing was unreliable and difficult. But after experiencing it on the OnePlus One, it's tough to go back to non-swipe typing. To give a perspective of how horrible the swipe typing prediction is in the Samsung keyboard, it made ALL the following errors while making this post: - "e ver" instead of "ever" - "u staff" instead of "instead" - "log e" instead of "love" - "sweet he's" instead of "switches" - "nude" instead of "mode" - "club Giard" instead of "clipboard" - "sad g" instead of "switch" - "anither"/"as otter"/"as other" instead of "another" - "hist" instead of "just" - "tp BFF"/"tipping"/"ttyl b" instead of "typing" - "pedicure" instead of "prediction" - "mage" instead of "made"

6. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

English just isn't Samsung's strong point...look at the delay of bixby debut, because of the problems the English language to integrate into their AI and their keyboard suffers the same fluidity.

7. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And still no clipboard like Samsung and Lg keyboard.

8. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 454; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

How do you fast delete?

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Restart your phone :)

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