Gboard is a very advanced virtual keyboard, made by not someone else but Google themselves. Apart from having top-notch word prediction capabilities, dictionary syncing, built-in theming options, and so on, with the newest update, it gets even smarter and useful than ever.

Version 8.3.9 from June 3rd is set out to come with support for Android Q and Emoji 12.0. Furthermore, it now provides easier access to the bundled clipboard tool with snippets and whatnot, remembers the skin tone and gender preferences for your emojis, lets you import and export your personal dictionary words, and, in addition, from now on you can delete your Google search history directly from the keyboard itself. To do so, you just have to long-press on the search keywords that you have used last. Besides, an important usability change that you may appreciate is support for vertical scrolling for expressions, i.e., minis. If you aren't familiar, Gboard's 'minis' feature lets you create custom emoji/sticker packs. You can decide on all sorts of visual aspects for your minis, like, for example, hairstyle, hair and eye color, and so much more. It is super cool!

Here is also the changelog for the aforementioned 8.3.9 Gboard release on the Play Store.

What's new

• Support for Emoji 12.0 in Android Q

• Sticky preferences for emoji skin tone and gender

• Clipboard: quick access to your favorite snippets

• Import/export personal dictionary words

• Long press to delete search history

• Vertical scrolling for expressions (Beta)

• Join our beta program - goo.gl/8Ksj7x

If you'd like to be one of the first people to try out fancy new features and bug fixes in advance, then ensure that you become a beta tester by going to the sign-up section down below, and of course, applying.

Source: Google Play


Google's keyboard app is my favorite to this date and it has got a handy new feature that anyone would appreciate - a smart clipboard like the one found in Windows 10's October 2018 edition release. Users running Gboard's newest beta update available on the Google Play Store, including the stable channel, can all try out this feature on their Android devices by keeping the app up-to-date. First, let's take a look at the release notes and later on continue with our overview part.

What’s new

  • Clipboard (Beta): Quick access to your favorite snippets
  • Unlist versions targeted to KitKat
  • 60+ language varieties, including: Alsatian, Ambonese, Balti, Cape Verdean Creole, Duri, Ghanaian Pidgin, Hawu, IPA, Jula, Kambaata, Kankanaey, Kui, Lama, Lepcha, Makassar Malay, Melanau, Moba, Muna, Nauruan, Pa’O Karen, Pamona, Réunion Creole, Sgaw

New Clipboard

This new clipboard implementation carries over options like pinning phrases and keeping records of everything that you have copied recently. It can be enabled by hitting the arrow button where is the suggestions row and then dragging the 'Clipboard' shortcut to the easy access bar up top. By tapping on the 'Clipboard' icon you will be greeted with a toggle to switch the feature on if you haven't already, and if you have, you will see a grid view with your clipboard history and pinned phrases. You can also easily edit them, move them up and down and add new ones to the list.

Another welcome addition in this release is the support for greater than 60 new languages alongside the new clipboard implementation. Make sure to apply for beta testing Gboard from our sign up section down below and keep following us for more news of this kind as well as a large volume of tips for testers.

Source: Google Play


If you have started feeling bored from switching between the limited number of dull themes in your go-to keyboard app - Gboard, today is a lucky day for you, because Google has indeed begun enabling remotely for a large population of their keyboard's userbase a whopping amount of 53 brand new gradient style themes, which come in two different types - with 25 light ones and 28 dark themes. Because of this light/dark grouping, the navigation bar color has also been set to change to black or white, when using the keyboard, depending on the theme style that has been chosen and the device itself, of course. So, if you are not using a Pixel phone, this may not work for you at all. Speaking of Pixel's, there is the long-awaited "sand" theme finally coming out, which matches perfectly the "Not Pink" models of Google's device lineup released for 2018.

Below is the official changelog for version 7.8.10 posted on the Play Store, which mentions the additional languages that are supported from now on in Gboard.

Changelog

  • 50+ language varieties, including: Alas, Amis, Brahui, Choctaw, Gayo, Giryama, Gorontalo, Gusii, Hehe, Iban, Jingpho, Kadazandusun, Kamba, Kekchi, Konkomba, Konzo, Kumyk, Lugbara, Luo, Makassar, Meru, Nande, Ndau, Nkore, Nyaturu, Sasak, Teso, Tooro & Wayuu, Karelian, Komi-Permyak, Eastern Oromo, Trinidadian Creole English

Make sure that you are running at least version 7.8.8 or above to be able to use the aforementioned themes. If you do not have access to the beta on Google Play, you can instead grab the latest version of Gboard from APK Mirror to take your chance.

Source: Google Play, Android Police


Gboard is a keyboard application available for both Android and IOS. It is very customizable with a ton of themes built in and user-selectable custom keyboard backgrounds. Not only that, but it supports GIFs and emojis and lets you do a Google search directly from the keyboard or use Google Translate. Other features included are a one-handed mode, multilingual typing, a toggleable number row and more.

The process of becoming a beta tester for Gboard for Android can be shortened down to a couple of steps. Here they are: 1. Go to Gboard beta on TestingCatalog and tap on 'BECOME A TESTER'. 2. After you get redirected to Google Play's beta testing page, tap on the blue 'BECOME A TESTER' button. 3. You can now go ahead and update to the beta.

If you do not know, Google is into server-side tests so not all new features may be available for you right away. Also, if you have any suggestions or you want to give feedback about the app, you can send an email to gboard-beta@google.com.

On a personal note, I would like to say that Gboard is my go-to keyboard for three years now and with every new update released, it gets better and better. Maybe the performance can be improved a tad bit, but I don't have any other complaints.

Please, fellas, tell us your thoughts about the beforementioned application, and happy testing!