Tech

When there are more smartphones in use than the people on the planet, you can bet that brands are scrambling for a way to get onto your device’s screen, and into your pocket. And it’s no surprise that Google, the king of the internet, has found a way to do just that. So, iOS users, get ready for Google’s new smartphone keyboard, the Gboard.

The Gboard is basically an updated version of the Google Keyboard that is available on Android – but for iOS users instead. The main sell-point is the efficiency and simplicity it brings to the mobile experience.If you’ve ever felt the drag from switching between apps to find information online, your prayers have been answered. With the Gboard, you have constant access to information from Google Search results, no matter what app you’re using. And the cool thing is, you can easily tap to copy information into any text field, such as in messages and e-mail.

But that’s not all! Here’s a wrap up of the features you’ll see if you download:

 

Glide Typing

Apple has yet to introduce this function as a standard for its keyboards – that’s where Samsung Galaxy phones kind of rules over iPhones. But basically, you’ll be able to type by sliding your finger from key to key. It will even help you auto-complete those long words!

Emoji Search

The Gboard will also include suggested emojis while you type – so no more scouring your emoji list for the perfect one.

GIFS

You can now search to find the perfect reaction – anytime, anywhere!

 

If you can’t imagine what that looks like, you can watch Google’s full pitch here:

 

 

 

The move is a big testament to the extent to which brands will go to spend a little more time with you, even big ones like Google. So, are you going to be getting on board with the search giant?