I’m chatting with someone on one of the popular messaging apps. No…I’m actually toasting a bae on WhatsApp. We need to hook up at a restaurant but she doesn’t know where it is. “Hollup…I’ll get you the address.”
I quickly switch apps. Do a Google search of the restaurant, copy the address (together with a map and directions), switch back to WhatsApp and then paste and send to bae.
I don’t know how long it took me to do that but it must have been about 5 minutes. That’s really a looooonnnng time to get an address to someone!
Google doesn’t want it to be that long. In fact, they really want me to reduce, if not totally eliminate, toggling between apps.
Yesterday, the company announced the launch of Gboard, a new iOS app that lets you search and send information, GIFs, emojis and more, right from your keyboard.
Gboard eliminates toggling between apps. It allows you to search and send all kinds of things – restaurant info, flight times, news articles – right from your keyboard. Basically, anything you can search on Google, you can search with Gboard.
The search results appear as cards with the key information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings and hours of a restaurant, and with a tap, you can send it to your friend and you keep the conversation going.
Gboard isn’t just about Google search results – it does emojis too!
If you’re searching a dance emoji, you don’t need to scroll “upandan”. Simply search for “dancer” and the exact emoji shows up.
For those who love GIFs, Gboard’s capable of searching for the perfect GIF to show your friends how you’re feeling.
One more thing: Gboard has Glide Typing, allowing you type words a little faster by sliding your finger from key to key instead of tapping.
Gboard, which is no different from Microsoft Garage’s Hub Keyboard, albeit with a little more functionality, works in any app – messaging, email, YouTube – so you can use it anywhere on your phone.
Get it now in the App Store in English in the U.S., with more languages to come.