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Google Launches Android Keyboard App: 5 Features Including Gesture Typing

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Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11:48 [IST]
 
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Google recently launched their first Android keyboard app. The app is now available free of cost on Google's very own Play Store.

The latest Google Keyboard app has been designed to suite the phones and tablets which runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. This keyboard app runs on any devices irrespective of its brands. If you have an Android phone or tablet that comes with a different keyboard, you can now switch it to the one Google provides on its own devices.

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In fact, the Google Android keyboard actually serves two purposes. This app can now reach to as many devices as possible as it is now available to most of the Android versions. At the same time, by offering this app to even more users although it is an optional app, Google may come up with more updates of the same and that is what Google is good for.

A post shared on the Android Google+ page also said that the Keyboard is rolling out to English speaking locales currently and reportedly it was said that more countries would be added soon.

To elaborate on the features of the Google Android keyboard, here is a list of five features:

Gesture Typing

The app supports gesture typing with a dynamic floating preview, which lets you swipe across the screen from letter to letter to form a word. The app aslo features automatic error correction and word predictions. Quite like SwiftKey and Swype, you can glide your finger through letters to form words and lift your finger to add a space.

Voice Type

Most of the apps coming from Google has been enabled with the voice typing via device's microphone by which the user can talk instead of typing down their message. You need to simply tap on the microphone icon to compose messages using your voice. This is one feature the users may get used to. 

Dictionaries and Language support

The Google Android keyboard features dictionaries for 26 languages along with a keyboard layouts for a dozen more languages. Yet again Google has said that they will be adding more soon.

Next-word suggestions and current-word completions

The Keyboard will not only predict the next word for you but also complete your current word and even correct your errors if there are any. 

Other features

This Google Android keyboard not only has the above mention features but also comes in an advanced layout that is user friendly and easy to use. The latest Google app works across most of the Android devices including tablets and phones. In fact, there are less than half of the active Android users with lesser Android versions which won't support the Google keyboard app, which means that it still has a maximum reach to others with Android devices with Ice Cream Sandwich and upper version.

Story first published:  Thursday, June 6, 2013, 10:23 [IST]
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