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Google Updates Gboard For Android With New Text Editing Mode And Support For More Languages

27 April 2017, 7:53 am EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Google has updated Gboard for Android to provide an overall better experience for every user out there.

First up, it now supports more languages. Second, it lets users edit text more easily with a new tool to work with. Last but not least, it offers more options to customize their keyboards.

Gboard Gets New Languages

Google added in support for 22 Indic languages, ranging from Hindi and Bengali to Urdu and Gujarati, and others too.

Here's a quick rundown of what's in store:

Indic Languages

• Assamese

• Bengali

• Bodo (Devanagari, Bengali)

• Dogri (Devanagari, Arabic)

• Gujarati

• Hindi (Devanagari, Hinglish)

• Kannada

• Kashmiri (Devanagari, Arabic)

• Konkani (Devanagari, Latin)

• Maithili (Devanagari)

• Malayalam

• Manipuri (Bengali)

• Marathi (Devanagari)

• Nepali (Devanagari)

• Odia

• Punjabi (Gurmukhi, Arabic)

• Sanskrit (Devanagari)

• Santali (Ol chiki, Latin)

• Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic)

• Tamil

• Telugu

• Urdu (Arabic)

Others

• Kinyarwanda

• Waray

It's worth mentioning that glide typing and suggestions are now available in more than 185 language varieties, thanks to the "internalization through machine learning" of Gboard.

Text Editing Mode For Gboard Launches

Gboard's new text editing mode may be familiar to beta users, but for those who aren't, it makes the difficulty of typing on a small virtual keyboard a thing of the past.

When it's activated, arrow keys and handy buttons to copy, cut, and paste text show up, as well as a select button, backspace, and buttons to instantly jump to the beginning or end of the text. Put simply, users can select the characters they need accurately and perform an action at a tap of a button.

The feature can be accessed via the G button or the arrow in the suggestions field.

Gboard Offers More Customization Options

Gboard users can now resize and replace their keyboards, allowing them to find a sweet spot for easier typing.

Same with the text editing mode, users can access these options via the G button or arrow. After tapping on More, just click on the one-handed button mode.

The goodies don't stop there either, as Google also made things behind the scenes better.

"And to top it all off, this Gboard update comes with under-the-hood improvements for better accuracy and predictions while you type," Google says.

Long story short, it's now easier to edit text using Gboard, and more people can now use it in their native language. On top of that, the new options just make the whole typing experience more painless.

To be clear, Gboard is available at the Play Store, and the latest update has already rolled out. However, there's no word yet on when it'll arrive for iOS users.

In other related news, one recent update brought instant language translation, more keyboard themes, emoji and GIF suggestions, and voice typing to the table. Needless to say, they are also pretty significant changes like the ones that just launched.

With all said and done, what do you think of these new features and improvements added to Gboard for Android? Feel free to drop by our comments section below and let us know.

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