Gboard for Android Updated with Improved Voice Typing, More

Gboard is giving some overdue TLC to its Android users.

Google just announced a couple of new features for Gboard that are rolling out today to Android devices.

It's all live at the moment, and you should expect to have access to the new features within the coming days.

In the meantime, here's a rundown of the new features. It's going to instantly translate words and phrases as you type along making it very easy to hold forth in that conversation.

The latter option will allow you to personalize the keyboard by selecting from an expanded selection of new scenic views, says Google, which can be set as the keyboard's backdrop via the app's Settings. You can also now share GIFs in apps that support Gboard, including Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Hangouts, and Allo.

Speak up. Voice typing is now easier than ever with an updated interface to make it seamless to switch back to regular typing.

Search and share. Now for the first time in right-to-left languages, you can tap on the arrow or the G in the suggestion strip and get access to new search features, including web, GIF and emoji. Users will also find that voice typing has been improved, there are more keyboard themes to choose from as well as access to Google Translate. This is particularly useful in text messaging apps, of course. Add in the expansion of all of these features to some right-to-left languages like Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi, and so many more people will get extra value out of Gboard with a single app update.

A major newbie for Gboard is Google Translate integration.

Gboard, formerly known as Google Keyboard, has been the primary go-to keyboard for many users since the integration of Google Search features. Chances are you already have it, however.

  • Lila Blake