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Gboard -- a new keyboard from Google for iOS

By Google Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

shelbybrown Jan 19, 2017

Google's Gboard for iOS offers everything you'd expect from a keyboard. But it goes further by providing built-in search to hunt for information that you can easily share with messaging partners.

Pros

Built-in search: As you might expect from a Google app, Gboard efficiently integrates search and messaging, either with Apple's messaging app or third-party SMS and MMS apps.

Accurate swiping: With Gboard's Glide Typing, slide your finger over keys to create your message. We found Gboard did a good job of accurately detecting words as we swiped. Another handy gesture: The space bar acts as a tiny trackpad -- swipe over it quickly to navigate a text message.

GIFs and emoji: Tap the Emoji icon to the left of the space bar to access Gboard's collection of emoticons, emojis, and GIFs. A search field above the collection lets you hunt for an appropriate GIF or emoji instead of swiping through the library.

Privacy: Google says that except for searches, nothing that you type (such as chats or passwords) is sent to the company. Google does collect usage statistics.

Multiple languages: Gboard supports multiple languages and will automatically detect and autocorrect messages for whichever supported languages you are using.

Cons

Not complete parity across Android and iOS: The iOS version of Gboard lacks a few features found on the Android side, including voice dictation.

Bottom Line

Google's Gboard provides the basics you'd want in a keyboard but goes a step further by including built-in search that lets you share results in a message without leaving the chat app.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.8.0

â?¢ Now with a tap of the G button, you'll have access to both Maps and YouTube, making it easier than ever to share location and video content.

â?¢ The new Ink feature lets you draw and share your creations right from your keyboard. To start drawing, just tap on the emoji button and then the pen icon.

General

Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 1.8.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,490
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

Gboard is a new keyboard from Google for your iPhone. It has all the things you would expect from a great keyboard -- GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing -- plus Google Search built in. No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard. Search and send anything from Google: Nearby stores and restaurants. Videos and images. Weather forecasts. News and articles. Sports scores. And anything else you'd search on Google. GIFs -- Search GIFs for the best reaction. Emoji Search -- Find the perfect emoji, faster. Glide Typing -- Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter. Privacy. We know the things you type on your phone are personal, so we've designed Gboard to keep your private information private. What Gboard sends to Google: Gboard sends your searches to Google's web servers to give you search results. Gboard also sends usage statistics to Google to let us know which features are used most often and to help us understand problems if the app crashes. If you use Gboard's microphone, voice input will be sent to Google for transcription. What Gboard doesn't send to Google: Other than your searches and voice inputs, Gboard doesn't send anything you type to Google, whether it's a password or chat with a friend. To help you with spelling and to predict searches you might be interested in, Gboard will store the words you type on your device. This data is not accessible by Google or by any apps, and can be cleared at any time. If you've turned on contacts search in Gboard search settings, this allows Gboard to search the contacts on your device so you can easily share. None of these queries are sent to Google.