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Gboard

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 16+
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About Gboard

Google Keyboard is an intelligent keyboard that will allow you to write faster than you normally do thanks to the ability to create and personalize keyboard gestures. With this feature, you can write words or even entire sentences in less than two seconds. Google Keyboard is a rapid-typing tool from Google, so you know it has support for 26 different languages and dictionaries and is completely compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets.

Gboard Review

PROS

Built-in search: As you might expect from a Google app, Gboard efficiently integrates search and messaging, either with Google's Messenger app or third-party SMS and MMS apps. To search, tap the G icon in the top-left corner of the keyboard. Tap the Share button under the search result to add that information to your chat conversation. Gboard also displays related search queries you can select.

Accurate swiping: With Gboard's Glide Typing, slide your finger over keys to create your message. We found Gboard did a good job of accurately detecting words as we swiped. Another handy gesture: The space bar acts as a tiny trackpad -- swipe over it quickly to navigate a text message.

GIFs and emoji: Tap the Emoji icon to the left of the space bar to access Gboard's collection of emoticons, emojis, and GIFs. A search field above the collection lets you hunt for an appropriate GIF or emoji instead of swiping through the library.

Privacy: Google says that except for searches, nothing that you type (such as chats or passwords) is sent to the company. Google does collect usage statistics.

Covers the basics: Gboard is Google's replacement for Google Keyboard and picks up some of its predecessor's features, including the ability to show or hide key borders, change themes, and long-press keys to access additional characters. Gboard will work with Messages, Maps, Snapchat, and other apps that use your phone's default keyboard choice. For iOS, Apple doesn't allow third-party keyboards for entering passwords or sending quick replies.

Message dictation: For the Android version, tap the Microphone icon to speak a message. On the iOS side, you are stuck with tapping out your messages, because Apple doesn't allow third-party keyboards to use iOS's built-in dictation tools.

Multiple languages: Gboard supports multiple languages and will automatically detect and autocorrect messages for whichever supported languages you are using.

CONS

Not complete parity across Android and iOS: The iOS version of Gboard lacks a few features found on the Android side, including voice dictation.

BOTTOM LINE

Google's Gboard provides the basics you'd want in a keyboard but goes a step further by including built-in search that lets you share results in a message without leaving the chat app.

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Additional Information

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Organisational and Productivity Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Google LLC

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Description

Gboard is the keyboard from Google for your iPhone, packed with features to make typing effortless. On top of GIFs, emoji search, and Glide Typing, the power of Google is at your fingertips with Google Search built in. Forget switching from app to app – just search and send, all from one place.

GIFs — Search GIFs for the best reaction

Emoji Search — Find the perfect emoji, faster

Stickers - Create or share stickers to express yourself

Glide Typing — Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter

Search and send anything from Google:
• Nearby stores and restaurants
• Videos and images
• Weather forecasts
• News and articles
• Sports scores
• And anything else you’d search on Google

Gboard for iPhone and iPad supports the following languages:
• Afrikaans
• Arabic
• Azerbaijani
• Belarusian
• Bengali
• Bulgarian
• Catalan
• Croatian
• Czech
• Danish
• Dutch
• English
• Estonian
• Finnish
• French
• German
• Greek
• Gujarati
• Hausa
• Hebrew
• Hindi
• Hungarian
• Icelandic
• Indonesian
• Italian
• Japanese
• Khmer
• Korean
• Latvian
• Lithuanian
• Macedonian
• Malay
• Maltese
• Marathi
• Norwegian
• Persian
• Polish
• Portuguese (Brazil)
• Portuguese ( Portugal)
• Romanian
• Russian
• Serbian
• Simplified Chinese
• Slovak
• Slovenian
• Spanish
• Swahili
• Swedish
• Tamil
• Telugu
• Thai
• Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
• Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong)
• Turkish
• Ukrainian
• Vietnamese
• Welsh
• Zulu

Privacy
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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