The tech giant Google has rolled out a new update to its Gboard app for Android. The update brings 22 Indic languages with transliteration support, new text editing mode, options for resizing and repositioning the keyboard, and some under-the-hood improvements for better accuracy and predictions while you type.
“The full list of Gboard’s new languages includes: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo (Devanagari, Bengali), Dogri (Devanagari, Arabic), Gujarati, Hindi (Devanagari, Hinglish), Kannada, Kashmiri (Devanagari, Arabic), Konkani (Devanagari, Latin), Maithili (Devanagari), Malayalam, Manipuri (Bengali), Marathi (Devanagari), Nepali (Devanagari), Odia, Punjabi (Gurmukhi, Arabic), Sanskrit (Devanagari), Santali (Ol chiki, Latin), Sindhi (Devanagari, Arabic), Tamil, Telugu, Urdu (Arabic). In addition to the 22 new Indic languages, Gboard added support for Kinyarwanda and Waray. Through Gboard’s internationalization through machine learning, glide typing and suggestions are now available in more than 185 language varieties,” the company says in a blog post.
The new text editing mode features buttons for easy cursor control and the ability to select text, cut, copy, and paste right from your keyboard. To access this mode, “select the Text Editing icon in the quick features menu by pressing on the G button (or arrow) in the suggestion strip.”
And finally, the update also allows for keyboard resizing as well as moving it to a position of your choice. “In the quick features menu (press on arrow or G in the suggestion strip), click “More” (the three-dots icon), and click the one-handed mode button, then you can adjust the size and position of the keyboard.”
Download the latest Gboard app from Google Play Store.