Google launches alternative iPhone keyboard called Gboard

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Google launches alternative iPhone keyboard called Gboard

Forget the keyboard, here's the Gboard: Google launches alternative iPhone typing system complete with GIFs and search bar

*Gboard is available through App Store, and so far only comes in English
*Users will see small 'G' in the text screen, which can run Google searches
*Search results can easily be shared by tapping to copy, and pasting to text
*It allows you to search for GIFs in text screen and search for specific emoji

Google's new keyboard for iOS combines the features from your all of your favourite texting apps into a single platform.

'Gboard' has a search engine embedded into the keyboard, allowing you to find and share information, GIFs, and even the right emoji without ever switching screens.

It's even equipped with Glide Typing, for easier one-handed texting.

Gboard is available today through the App Store, and so far only comes in English in the US.

But, the team says more languages are soon to follow.

'Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that difficult,' it said.

'With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things—restaurant info, flight times, news articles—right from your keyboard.

'Anything you’d search on Google, you can search with Gboard.'

Results appear as cards with the key information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings and hours.

According to the firm, the keyboard is designed to keep your information private.

Your search query will be sent to the servers, and the platform will send anonymous statistics when the app crashes to diagnose problems, and let them know which features are most popular.

Apart from this, the firm says 'everything else,' will not be sent to Google, so your data remains stored on your device, and is not accessible by Google or any other apps.

'With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things – restaurant info, flight times, new articles – right from your keyboard,' writes Rajan Patel, Principal Engineer in a Google Blog post.

Apart from a different font and lighter colour-scheme, Gboard doesn't look much different than the standard iOS keyboard.

But, at the top left, Gboard users will see a small Google 'G.'

Pressing this button opens up a search bar right within the keyboard.

So, you can search restaurants, venues, or anything else, and share this information with the person you're texting.