Earlier this year, Google launched the 'Gboard' keyboard app for iOS. At that time, the company promised to bring the same to Android as well shortly. But, it has taken several months to arrive.
Yes, Google quietly released the same Gboard application to Android devices now. The application comes as an update to the already existing Google Keyboard. Users just need to update the Google Keyboard to v6.0.
Having said that, the new Gboard for Android offers the same features as seen on iOS and retains the traditional Google Keyboard look.
Google hasn't released any official changelog for the application on their blog or Play Store. The APK teardown has revealed some of the added features. Here's the changelog of the Gboard app according to AndroidPolice.
• 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
• Emojis have a bright halo effect around them
• GIF button is always shown but disabled in apps without support.
One of the exciting features in the Gboard app is the presence of G button. It's an integrated search button with which you can send your conversation relevant news in every app. There's also an emoji search tool and several new shortcuts as well.
The application is currently available as an APK but will make its way to Google Play Store soon. If you want to use the app right now, download it from any mirror hosting sites such as apkmirror.com or APKPolice.com.