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Gboard by Google

Google Search, GIFs, emojis & more—right from your keyboard

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Bri Connelly
Hey PH, Bri from the Gboard team here. Gboard is a new iOS keyboard from Google that lets you search and send search results, GIFs, emojis and more, right from your keyboard. We also added Glide Typing (aka gesture typing) so you can type even faster. Check it out at It’s US only for now, but we have a global update coming shortly. A couple of pro tips: - We have emoji autocorrect. Try typing “pizza”. - You can move the cursor by dragging your finger across the space bar. - When you tap a search result card the text is added to your message, but you can send an image of the card by pasting into the messaging space. - We’re trying out this new predictive search feature. Try texting a friend, “want to get a drink tonight” to see it in action. 🙏 We’d love get some feedback and I’m happy to answer questions!
Jordy van Gent
@bricon5 Look great! Can't wait to have it in The Netherlands.
Bri Connelly
@jordyvangent Glad to hear it. More languages/countries are coming soon!
Yashendra Shukla
@bricon5 @jordyvangent Would love an option for metric/celsius 😊 Keyboard is nearly perfect otherwise!
Bri Connelly
@yashendra2797 @jordyvangent It's coming with our multi lingual release!
Yashendra Shukla
@bricon5 @jordyvangent Sweet!
Stephen D. Vujevich
@bricon5 Bri, tell the team that I just ran around my office showing it to everyone and they love it! GREAT WORK! :)
Will Monk
@bricon5 When might UK support come?
Harrison Weber
@bricon5 What do you think of Slash ( It's very similar to Google's app.
Taylor Barnett
@bricon5 Proud of you girl! 🙌💖💪
Alain Lagrecque
@bricon5 haha "emoji autocorrect"!!! Bet Kanye's wishing he patented his idea now 😉
Tom Flemming
@bricon5 do you have any details on privacy and the type of information that's shared, location, cookies, &c. ?
Bri Connelly
@tomflemming To quote our app store page: What Gboard sends to Google: • When you do a search, Gboard sends your query to Google’s web servers so Google can process your query and send you search results. • Gboard also sends anonymous statistics to Google to help us diagnose problems when the app crashes and to let us know which features are used most often. What Gboard doesn’t send to Google: • Everything else. Gboard will remember words you type to help you with spelling or to predict searches you might be interested in, but this data is stored only on your device. This data is not accessible by Google or by any apps other than Gboard.
Bri Connelly
@willmonk As soon as we can get it out the door!
Tom Flemming
@bricon5 Thanks Bri.
Magnus Burton
@bricon5 when will it be available in Sweden? :(
Bilal Budhani
@bricon5 This looks great. Can't wait to get my hands on it when it will be available in India.
Damir Dulic
@bricon5 I know I am not the first nor the last. But... ANDROID.... Please EDIT: Dec 2016 - YAY :))
John Mrcd
@bricon5 Great! Looks cool - I had a good first impression.
Ben Waardenburg
@bricon5 any idea when it comes out in Canada?
Paul Arterburn
@bricon5 Thanks for these tips! I also stumbled across if you've setup Text Suggestions they'll show up in the predictive box (so ignore my emailed suggestion on this). But, for some reason I have "@!" as a keyword setup for my email address and it's not picking it up. Slight bug (maybe?): if GBoard is the only keyboard you have in your iOS settings (i.e. you've removed the built-in keyboard), the non-functioning globe icon still appears on the keyboard.
Carylyne Chan
@ddulic92 @bricon5 Android users feel betrayed we're not first before iOS :D
Yonatan Ruback
@bricon5 I've been using Gboard for less then 10 minutes and I love it. Very easy to set up, and it's super useful! Plus the gifs rock! 💪🏼💯
Magnus Burton
@willmonk and sweden!!
Alex H
@bricon5 Can you only have 3D Touch on the stock iOS keyboard? Because I would REALLY love to have 3D Touch for cursor placement, text selection, and highlight manipulation. Thanks!
@bricon5 I actually DO prefer to back up my datas (things Gboard is leaning in time from my typing habits, words & etc) on Google servers. So I'll be able to sync it in multiple devices, or for the time if for any reason I loose my datas on my phone. Swiftkey doing that, and I love it so in any device I'm using, I'll loging with my profile ( weather iOS, Android)! it'll sync my profile, datas, words and whatever it learened from my typing in time. Can you guys add such a feature and make it optional?
Sajeesh Philip
@bricon5 In short : A keyboard is the best way to keep track on the user behavior. Microsoft has already acquired the popular SwiftKey and Google can't miss the big picture ahead. Here is 'GBoard'. ;) Right? Ha..ha.. Just saying. Good products are always welcome.
Sahil Khan
@bricon5 1. Would be nice if, similar to SwiftKey, I can save my preferences to my Google account, sync it to FB/Twitter for it to learn the words I use, etc. 2. If Google's voice to text input gets a dedicated button. I hate going back to the default iOS keyboard for that.
Luca Candela
@bricon5 feels like a big FU to all of us that supported the Android platform for so long while it wasn't always convenient to do so. You're essentially agreeing with Apple that Android users are second class. The product team should think a little harder about what kind of message is sending to the market and what is the damage to the Android brand by doing this kind of stuff. I can't say I'm happy today.
Chris Messina
@bricon5 you might check 1x apps on iPad:
Brandon Brown
@bricon5 why why whyyyyy US-only?! Canada always gets the short end of the stick… we literally share the same land :(
Ryan Abrams
@alangarrec 😂 Best comment I've seen in a long time!
Daniel Ensign
@bricon5 Big fan so far! First keyboard app I have used for more than a day and I actually turned off the default iOS keyboard. One question/concern that I'm sure you all are working on. Are you going to be adding the trackpad feature to the keyboard similar to iOS for people with iPhone 6s/6s+? It was one of the best features and it's tough not having it.
Michael A.
@bricon5 Hey Bri, seems like GBoard (when not using the glide typing feature) does not autocorrect as you type. Is this correct or is there a way to enable this? Thanks,
Sandeep Gajula
@magnusburton @bricon5 YES! Soon I hope. Was really bummed out when I read that its US only.
@carylyne @ddulic92 @bricon5 That is exactly what every Windows Phone user feels like because Microsoft always makes their apps for iOS first. Sometimes they don't even come to Windows Phone.
David Wong
@bricon5 @jordyvangent do you mean you'll be able to type french and english without switching keyboard?
@bilalbudhani @bricon5 its available now
Zlatko Unger
@ddulic92 @bricon5 It's finally here, and it's meh. :|
David Lewis
@bricon5 Hi Bri, Thanks for joining the conversation. I was a big fan of Swype on Android. [Full disclosure: I'm really a fan of a physical keypad like on the G1, the original Google Phone.] Since switching to iPhone for work, I have not been satisfied with any on-screen keyboard and was thrilled when I found Gboard. Unfortunately, I had to uninstall. There were too many typos both with Glide and tapping. Plus, I find the 3 high emojis to be harder to search through. iMessage already has predictive emojis for words like "pizza" so I didn't see a benefit. I really want to like Gboard. Let me know if I can do something differently. Thanks! -David
Ognjen Vukovic
@bricon5 I am so glad thay your product is this big now. I've been using it for a while. Be sure to check out our tool , it will be very interesting to you.
Julie Delanoy
Emoji search? I love you. 🙌😍
Ryan Hoover
@syswarren I feel bad for people hunting for the right emoji. I've been using @davidkmckinney's Emoji Type for over a year, although it hasn't been updated to include the newer emojis
Bri Connelly
@rrhoover @syswarren @davidkmckinney Gboard should have all the newest emojis. If we're missing one, let me know and we'll add it.
Paul Arterburn
@syswarren @bricon5 Emojis...ya, but Bitmoji search would be
David McKinney
@rrhoover @syswarren @bricon5 ha! thanks for the shout out Ryan. Gboard is *really* good. Great execution… re: Emoji Type, that was acquired last year, and no longer available 🙊. I like Gboard a lot — super fun combo of features and functionality 😃
Yonatan Ruback
@bricon5 thanks!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Yashendra Shukla
I would pay anything to get a keyboard that has the features of this, and the autocorrect brilliantness of Fleksy. I have tried so many amazing keyboards, but I always end up switching to Fleksy because typing in it is insanely fast. I love Gboard's features, but developers need to understand something. Predictive text is slow as hell. An swiping is slower than pecking on the keyboard. Better to have an autocorrect so good, that you don't need to even look down at the screen, a la Fleksy.
Scott Entwistle
@yashendra2797 I disagree, I can fly much faster with swyping than I can pecking. Swype revolutionized how I used my phone, and since that sucks on iPhone Gboard is a game changer for me
Gonzalo Nunez
This is BRILLIANT. Types exactly like the native keyboard which I'm already very used to, and the added features are extremely useful. Very well executed, and it looks gorgeous. 10/10.
Bri Connelly
@gonz_ponz 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌
Pierre-Marie Galite
As a mobile dev, Keyboard flexibility would be really good on Android. Like pasting images directly in the field.
Juan Buis
Can we have a icon like the pre-release one for US only products?
Sam Legge
@juanbuis would be a great feature - tired of trying to find out if products are available north of the border or not.
Allan Yarmulnik
How does this compare with Slash?
Yashendra Shukla
@allany888 Seems better, like more integrated. I've found Slash to be a bit of a hit or miss, but Gboard so far has been giving me perfect results. My opinion might be a bit weird because I'm in India and Foursquare here pales in comparison to Google and Zomato (India's Yelp). This seems like an evolution of Slash. Plus Google's algorithms are ❤️
Ryan Hoover
I love that you named it Gboard, @bricon5. What other names did you consider? Also, nice video:
Bri Connelly
@rrhoover I wanted BriBoard but the team didn't go for it.
Ben Tossell
@bricon5 @rrhoover ughhhh 'the rules' 🙄
August Noble
@bricon5 @rrhoover BriBoard > Gboard
A hundred startups crying themselves to sleep tonight!
Jason L. Baptiste
@orliesaurus Just like youtube cried itself to sleep with video, twitter did with buzz, spotify did with music, and the list goes on. The "what if Google does it" question is over-rated.
Blake Robbins
@jasonlbaptiste @orliesaurus It's especially over-rated when others have had a year or two head-start.
Olivier Plante
@blakeir @jasonlbaptiste @orliesaurus yeah if Google would do everything, then I stay in bed all day but it's not the case! We're building our product and here to stay!
@oplante @blakeir @jasonlbaptiste That's the spirit keyboard-apps warriors! don't let google eat your dreams!
Olivier Plante
@orliesaurus @blakeir @jasonlbaptiste you rock!
Johnny Hill
@orliesaurus That's not necessarily a bad thing. It should only drive those startups to make better products. I know I personally have tried at least 3 other gif keyboards now, and haven't been able to use a single one of them as a functional keyboard. On first try, this one seems just as good (if not better) than the native keyboard.
@thejohnnyhill same tbh, i tried for a week different ones that I wont mention because I am nice! ...but freezes, crashes and not having the swipe functionality made me uninstall .. I hope this motivates more fellow product makers to step their game up - and start replying to feedback tweets/emails too ;)
Cem Kozinoglu
@orliesaurus who is sleeping? 😉 wait few weeks and see what we are about to come up with. Google did an awesome job, we just have to do better or go home, rules of the game.
Johnny Hill
@cemkozinoglu @orliesaurus while you're here, I will say that Slash is definitely one of the better keyboards out right now. I love just how many services it brings into one keyboard, it's pretty brilliant. The thing that killed it for me was the autocorrect—unlike the native iOS keyboard, Slash was trying to correct all my made-up words that iOS natively recognizes as mine, or even (incorrectly) corrected more obscure words to more obvious words. If that could be improved upon, Slash would definitely be usable for me.
Cem Kozinoglu
@thejohnnyhill @orliesaurus I agree and we are working right and left to fix that, also adding contextual suggestions in our next release to your Connected services ;) Imagine Spotify, or Dropbox, Instagram or Google Drive files are now a part of your search? Really close dropping this new version. In terms of number of services, this release will finally come up with our Platform with some partnerships we have been working on (Hint @giphy + more). Lets see how you will like this one.
Johnny Hill
@cemkozinoglu Fair enough, sounds like there's some good stuff in the works! I'll be sure to give it another shot when it gets updated!
@cemkozinoglu and @oplante u guys should work close one to another :)
Jay Hack
@orliesaurus @oplante @blakeir @jasonlbaptiste those brave, brave founders making apps for sharing gifs via keyboards.
Olivier Plante
@orliesaurus or not ;)
@oplante haha c etait une bonne blague... just a prank bro
Özgür Celebi
@orliesaurus Yeah your right! Gboard is the keyboard to rule them all ;)
Olivier Plante
@orliesaurus clair hehe ;)
Ryan Abrams
@blakeir @jasonlbaptiste @orliesaurus Head starts are overrated when talking about a startup going up against the Big G and their engineering team, budget and distribution capabilities.
Jackie Luo
@cemkozinoglu 👏
Daniel Klose
@jasonlbaptiste a startup based on a keyboard is overrated...
When is it coming to Canada?
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Is it cool to upvote my OWN thing? Super happy with this.
James Brooks
Looks really nice! Thanks @bricon5. Out of interest, why is it that a lot of keyboard apps (Microsoft Word Flow) and now Gboard are US only?
Bri Connelly
@jbrooksuk It really comes down to the fact that keyboard layouts/dictionaries take a while to get right - we're still working on improving the quality of our other languages.
Andrew Palmer
@bricon5 @jbrooksuk What about Canada? I imagine the layout/dictionaries would be the same as the US.
Bri Connelly
@andrew_palmer @jbrooksuk We found that there were enough noticeable differences in spelling/use of words, and we didn't want to offer a subpar experience to our Canadian brothers and sisters.
Alec B
@bricon5 🙏
Jerome Dahdah
@bricon5 This is interesting. Will multi-language be able to automatically recognize the language I'm typing in (the way SwiftKey does it) or will I need to manually switch between languages?
Tom Bielecki
@bricon5 @andrew_palmer @jbrooksuk just ship it with a "sorry" and we'll all accept the differences
Sjoerd Janssen
Sorry for the double post.
Sjoerd Janssen
Is this the place where Now on Tap will live on iOS? Or do you think there's another, better place for Now on Tap?
Guessing this is US only for the moment? Is there a release schedule for other countries?
Bri Connelly
@darylthetwit Yeah, US only for now. Except to see more languages/country support in the near future.
@bricon5 any plans for additional color themes such as dark mode?
Paul Gosnell
@bricon5 @darylthetwit any timeframes for other countries? UK?
Andrew Palmer
Not available in Canada? :(
Bri Connelly
@andrew_palmer I know, super sorry about that. Coming very soon though.
Andrew Palmer
@bricon5 That's okay. No need to apologize though :)
Philippe Dame
@bricon5 Great to hear!
Awesome! have been looking forward for this, what about android support
Bri Connelly
@mauriyouth Working on the best way to bring the same functionality to Android right now!
@bricon5 nice work indeed :)
@bricon5 @mauriyouth what do you have in mind, a new keyboard, or an update for vanilla Google Keyboard? ;-)
Evan Petrack
@bricon5 thank you! Because I mean....little sad this didn't come with android support first. Womp womp =(
Mordo de Maru
@bricon5 @mauriyouth sweet! Not trying to have your strategy unveiled but, why release it first on iOS?
Alexx Foxx
ooo, I want to play with it! When's it coming to the UK?!
Bri Connelly
@alexxfoxxuk As quick as we can get it out the door!
Alexx Foxx
@bricon5 Is it push or pull? I'm trying to pull it my side!
This looks great -- so since you guys went with Gboard, do you think you might convince the Google Calendar team to go with GCal as their app name now, so it doesn't get truncated into Google Cal... ?
micah rich
This is the first great keyboard I've installed. Ten times more productive than the normal keyboard, but still looks visually like it belongs in iOS. Fantastic work.
Johnny Hill
@micahbrich Agreed—this is my fourth Gif keyboard now, and I'm reeeeally hoping it's my last...
Kai Burghardt
And i am just sitting here in germany and crying about the "item is not available" message :(
Bri Connelly
@kaiburghardt I pinkie promise it's on the way.
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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 GIFs — Search GIFs for the best reactionEmoji Search — Find the perfect emoji, fasterGlide Typing — Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letterPrivacy 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.

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When typing a text or something, Gboard works great until it starts the second line of text. Then there's a lag before it drops down to the next line. Causes a lot of misspelled words because you hit a letter and then it seems like it didn't work, so you hit it again. And then the keyboard catches up and you end up having the same letter twice and have to backspace and then that lags again when it goes back to the top line, and so on and so forth. Is this making sense? I hope so. Anyway, I'm on iPhone 7 Plus, on the latest iOS version but it was happening before I did the latest iOS update. I also updated Gboard this morning to the latest version but it's still happening. Otherwise, love this keyboard.

Falling Apart.

I’ve used Gboard for a few months and it became my daily keyboard. I didn’t have any issues and if I did they were immediately fixed. Since iOS 11 honestly Gboard hasn’t been the same! For whatever reason my keyboard keeps switching to the standard Apple one. ? I don’t want to switch to any other keyboard but if this continues sadly I would have to. Make Gboard the way it use to be!

I use it all the time! Great, but ...

Update 6Dec2017 - looks like they snuck in the iOS 11.1 emojis (like the smiley with head exploding) without mentioning it in the release notesUpdate 22Feb2017 - #1 below specifics — *just* got an update to include the emoji Apple released early Dec 2016. ?a few things keeping it from being 5 stars: 1) they often lag updating to add new emoji when Apple adds them. This means I have to turn on the regular emoji keyboard too if I want to use them. ? 2) no gestures for quickly entering punctuation. 3) no ability to invoke dictation from the keyboard (not sure if Apple provides the means for a third party keyboard to do this).

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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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