Nearly six months ago, Google released a keyboard app for the iPhone called Gboard. And, of course, all of us Android fans were all wondering when would it come to Android. Now (finally) in the v6.0 update, Google is renaming the Google Keyboard app to Gboard. The update also packs in quite a few, long overdue features.
The update is still rolling out in stages, but Android Police has put together an unofficial changelog of what they’ve spotted so far.
• G button (enabled in settings) offers quick access to search from the keyboard • Pop-out toolbar (when G button not enabled) provides access to themes, settings, one-handed mode, and search • Optional dedicated number row • Up to three active languages with preference for one (previously had to switch) • Gesture typing is now called Glide typing. • Search for emoji • Rearranged emoji panel with group selection at bottom • Emoji have bright halo effect around them • GIF button is always shown, but disabled in apps without support.
Fortunately, we’ve got the APK from APKMirror for you to sideload the update instantly. Be sure to download the correct version for your device—arm or arm64.