Gboard for Android Gets Updated with Enhanced Language Support and Brand New Editing Tools
Google’s revolutionary keyboard “Gboard” has received a major update that brings enhanced language support and new tools aboard. With this update, Gboard now has wider lingual support for users in India by including local languages such as Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu and Gujarati.
Google also confirmed that in addition to adding 22 Indian languages, the Gboard will also support Kinyarwanda (Rwanda) and Waray (Phillipines) languages. The update also brings new additions for the Android version of Gboard that finally adds swipe typing and suggestions in more than 185 language varieties.
In a blog post for Gboard, Google writes:
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.
Other than bringing expanded language support for mainly Indian users, the update brings new tools for all the users. The new tools includes a nifty text editing tool, which allows makes select, copy and paste functions easier. Also, there are new options for resizing and repositioning the keyboard as per user preference, perhaps a size that compliments their hand size and texting manner.
To use the new text editing mode, users will have to select the “Text Editing icon” that is placed under quick features menu by tapping the “G” button in the upper left corner of the Gboard. In the quick features menu, users will have to tap on “More” and then select the one-handed mode button that will allow them to resize and reposition the keyboard.
All these new features and enhancements are now available on Google Play. For the existing Gboard users, you will soon get the update that will bring all these new features. We can expect Google to extend the same features for its Gboard app for iOS.