Gboard - the Google Keyboard beta Community Report 📲 Google Pixel XL 2, Android 8.1.0
  • Device - Google Pixel XL 2, Android 8.1
  • Version 6.8.8.178714143-release-arm64-v8a

Full changelog


What's New

  • Handwriting support
  • Suggestions in URL fields
  • Fast delete
  • Hinglish-style support for 19 more Indian languages
  • 20 new languages: Awadhi, Bambara, Bundeli, Emilian-Romagnol, Fulani, Gilaki, Hiligaynon, Jamaican Patois, Kumaoni, Lambadi, Lombard, Madurese, Minangkabau, Mazanderani, Nahuatl, Neapolitan, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Piedmontese, Sadri, Santali (Devanagari and Bengali), Sicilian, Sylheti, Venetian and Zazaki

This update changed my English language config to Alphabet for some reason. Alphabet profile looks like an English but glide typing isn't supported there. I wasted some time by trying to understand why glide typing is broken until I decided to change a language profile.

Some issues:

  • glide typing doesn't work in alphabet profile, however, the setting is global and it can be switched on and off without any effect.
  • [NOT NEW] the user can drag a blue line from the numbers button in alphabet profile (screenshot). It looks useless and confusing. Was new to me apparently.
  • back button in the voice typing settings will close the app

I also didn't find handwriting and url suggestions and it looks like those changes are not active for everyone.

Do you have them?

  • Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard – speed and reliability, Glide Typing, voice typing and more – plus Google Search built in
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