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Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown]

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The holidays (and CES) are over and the many of Google's app teams are back in the full swing of releasing updates. Gboard's latest version hit this morning few directly visible changes outside of minor wording and color changes. However, there are some interesting things that can be gleaned from wandering through a teardown of the apk.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Gboard v7.9 prepares new emoticons, adds many new languages, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

This Pixel 3 XL case includes a miniature soft-touch NFC keyboard

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Ever wish you had a folio case for your Pixel 3 XL with a keyboard built into it? No, me neither, but such a thing exists now. Case maker Tech21 has announced the EvoType accessory, promising a more efficient mobile typing experience.

There's something a little bit Google-y about the design, probably due to the soft-touch fabric finish, but I do wonder if it'll actually be enjoyable to type on since the keys don't move at all.

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This Pixel 3 XL case includes a miniature soft-touch NFC keyboard was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Pricing, release info] Brydge has made the first Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad for Chrome OS, and they’re beautiful

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Historically, Brydge has released keyboards for iPads and Surface Pros, although we became more familiar with the company thanks to the 'Made for Google' Pixel Slate keyboard it recently produced. Brydge's Google intentions don't stop there, though, as it's now announced the first-ever wireless keyboard and touchpad designed exclusively for Chrome OS.

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[Update: Pricing, release info] Brydge has made the first Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad for Chrome OS, and they're beautiful was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Brydge has made the first Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad for Chrome OS, and they’re beautiful

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Historically, Brydge has released keyboards for iPads and Surface Pros, although we became more familiar with the company thanks to the 'Made for Google' Pixel Slate keyboard it recently produced. Brydge's Google intentions don't stop there, though, as it's now announced the first-ever wireless keyboard and touchpad designed exclusively for Chrome OS.

Styled in the same handsome navy blue as the Pixel Slate and its accessories, with black keys and accents, the keyboard features the same layout as recent Chromebooks, complete with a dedicated Google Assistant key.

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Brydge has made the first Bluetooth keyboard and touchpad for Chrome OS, and they're beautiful was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Full list published] Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Every few months, Google adds some new language variants to Gboard. This time around, a whopping 50+ language varieties have been added, most of which you probably haven't heard of. Unfortunately, Google hasn't divulged every single addition, though there are some that are name-dropped.

Without further ado, here's the list of 31 mentioned:

  • Alas
  • Amis
  • Brahui
  • Choctaw
  • Gayo
  • Giryama
  • Gorontalo
  • Gusii
  • Hehe
  • Iban
  • Jingpho
  • Kadazandusun
  • Kamba
  • Kekchi
  • Konkomba
  • Konzo
  • Kumyk
  • Lugbara
  • Luo
  • Makasaar
  • Meru
  • Nande
  • Nkore
  • Nyaturu
  • Sasak
  • Teso
  • Tooro & Wayuu
  • Karelian
  • Komi-Permyak
  • Eastern Oromo
  • Trinidadian Creole English

Unfortunately, because Google didn't provide all of the names in the changelog and the support page hasn't yet been updated, we're still missing over 19 entries from that list.

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[Update: Full list published] Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Every few months, Google adds some new language variants to Gboard. This time around, a whopping 50+ language varieties have been added, most of which you probably haven't heard of. Unfortunately, Google hasn't divulged every single addition, though there are some that are name-dropped.

Without further ado, here's the list of 31 mentioned:

  • Alas
  • Amis
  • Brahui
  • Choctaw
  • Gayo
  • Giryama
  • Gorontalo
  • Gusii
  • Hehe
  • Iban
  • Jingpho
  • Kadazandusun
  • Kamba
  • Kekchi
  • Konkomba
  • Konzo
  • Kumyk
  • Lugbara
  • Luo
  • Makasaar
  • Meru
  • Nande
  • Nkore
  • Nyaturu
  • Sasak
  • Teso
  • Tooro & Wayuu
  • Karelian
  • Komi-Permyak
  • Eastern Oromo
  • Trinidadian Creole English

Unfortunately, because Google didn't provide all of the names in the changelog and the support page hasn't yet been updated, we're still missing over 19 entries from that list.

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Gboard adds support for more than new 50 language varieties was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard v7.8 prepares option to clear search history, enhancements to voice typing and clipboard manager [APK Teardown]

Friday, November 30th, 2018

 

The latest update to the Gboard app is now out, but it doesn't appear to be adding any features in this update, or at least not yet. A teardown points to some enhancements to some features we've either seen in the past or expect to go live in the near future, including tweaks to the Clipboard Manager, an option to delete search history, follow-ups related to voice typing, and of course, a ton of new languages and localized keyboards.

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Gboard v7.8 prepares option to clear search history, enhancements to voice typing and clipboard manager [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard’s clipboard manager is starting to show up in v7.7 beta [APK Download]

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Gboard's clipboard manager has been in the making for a few months, but more tangible signs of its launch showed up a few days ago when version 7.7.5 beta rolled out. Now, it looks like the feature is being toggled on server-side and it works exactly as its name says.

To check it out, open the keyboard to start typing and hit the Google logo on the top left. You'll find your four toolbar shortcuts as well as an ellipsis (...) that loads additional ones below, amongst which is the new Clipboard. Either select it there or, for faster future access, grab it and add it to the toolbar.

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Gboard's clipboard manager is starting to show up in v7.7 beta [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Gboard v7.7 beta prepares to launch a clipboard manager, may be enhancing voice typing, and more [APK Teardown]

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

The latest Gboard update is rolling out to the beta channel, and this one comes with the promise of a very heavily requested feature: Clipboard integration. Soon we'll be able to copy stacks of things between applications without hopping back and forth for each and every line. There are also interesting strings suggesting we might get improved voice typing.

Teardown

Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Gboard v7.7 beta prepares to launch a clipboard manager, may be enhancing voice typing, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant’s keyboard button vanishes for some people

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Google's Assistant underwent a slight redesign earlier this year, and since then it's seen some subsequent tweaks and icon shuffling — the typical incremental tweaks that seem to be a defining part of Google's design process. It could be the herald of a future change, or something as innocuous as a bug, but the keyboard icon for text input on the Assistant seems to be disappearing for some of us, though it still brings up the text entry field if you tap where it used to be.

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Google Assistant's keyboard button vanishes for some people was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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