The Google keyboard is one of the most used apps by the American giant, available for both Android and iOS. Now, the new version 10.2 is about to arrive with several aesthetic and functional improvements that we now announce.
The news are already available in the trial version (Beta), for those who want to try them first hand. There are new customization adjustments, theme editor, new adjustments and controls for spelling, as well as more options in the sharing area.
1. More word suggestions in autocomplete
Currently, the Google keyboard only displays two or three word suggestions for auto-completion. However, according to the publication 9to5Google, this number will soon increase to speed up writing through this app for Android and iOS.
By definition, three word suggestions will be presented based on what the user is typing. If you want more, just press the arrow (which points upwards), immediately to the left of the microphone icon.
Touching this option will display more word suggestions on Gboard. It is also worth noting that the Google keyboard interface (UI) will make it easier to choose word suggestions so that you can write faster.
2. More spelling and grammar definitions in Gboard
The Gboard keyboard in version 10.2 will receive a new section “Spelling and Grammar“, present in the Text Correction menu. There, the user can activate or deactivate automatic corrections, as well as the highlighting of words with errors, underlined in red so that they do not go unnoticed when typing on Gboard.
The new version will also facilitate access to the contact search option, which already exists, but is difficult to access as it is present in the app’s settings. It is a tool that uses the names of contacts in the phone book to help find errors in the written names. The option will appear in the Text Correction menu, immediately below the “Spell check” field.
In summary, we have the new Spell Check, the option “Search names of Contacts, as well as more adjustments for the spell checker of the Google application.
3. Screenshots on the Google keyboard clipboard
As soon as version 10.2 of the Google keyboard reaches users, these will be able to share screenshots more easily. The new version allows you to copy and paste the screenshots in content with the keyboard. All through the Sharing Area.
The implementation is quite simple. After granting the appropriate permission (on Android) for Gboard to access the screenshots present in the internal memory, we can easily share this content with the commands visible above, in the image.
This will allow you to share screenshots across all apps where the Google keyboard is used. It’s a productivity bonus.
4. Theme editor on Google keyboard
The best new feature for the Google keyboard is the theme editor for the application. From here, the user can change various aspects of the predefined themes to give color and shape to this app, highlighting the Google Sans font.
Additionally, it is possible to choose the keyboard with margins, or without well-defined margins, as shown in the image above. In each of the options, the user will have control over the appearance of these changes applicable to all Gboard themes.
You can test these new features of Gboard in Beta now
To test first-hand the functions of the Beta version, simply access the respective page. After enrolling in the test program, the application will receive an update that delivers the news that are still in the testing phase.
Note that beta versions may contain some errors (bugs) or instability in the use of the application. In any case, it is in this version that Google makes available the experimental resources for the Gboard keyboard.
Finally, the improvements will come later to the stable version, available to any and all Gboard users.
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