The latest update shows why Google's keyboard app can still be better than others

Google just published an update for the native Android keyboard app with support for one-hand mode, space between the keys and a configurable size. It's awesome and because of that, it's still my favorite keyboard.

Here's a list of the new features according to APKMirror:

  • new emoji/numpad button locations surrounding the space bar
  • Unicode 9.0 emoji support
  • extra number row shows up in password fields
  • opt-in and a setting for sharing snippets with Google to improve the keyboard for everyone (what and how you type)
  • show key border toggle
  • one-handed mode toggle
  • long-press for hinted symbols toggle
  • keyboard height setting (5 positions from short to tall)
  • Holo White and Holo Blue themes phased out
  • new first-time user experience (FTUE)
  • dynamic floating preview toggle removed
  • enable gesture delete toggle (slide left from delete key)
  • enable gesture cursor control (move cursor by sliding across space bar)
  • some settings got moved around

And if you want to see some screenshots, here they are:

This list is quite amazing! But why actually is Google Keyboard better than others now?

It might not be better in categories like customization. It just supports a little number of different sizes and just two (or four when you count the spaces between the keys). But it's better, because it's free, it's fast and you can be sure, that it isn't a key-logger. And a nice thing is also, that it's app size is quite small (if you compare to SwiftKey and others).

You can download the APK for this update via APKMirror or just wait until it appears as update on Google Play.

Via Android Police

Jan-Lk Else

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