Gboard gains voice typing, Google Doodles, new languages & iOS 10 emoji in latest update

By , Feb 23, 2017

Gboard, Google’s iPhone keyboard that comes with Google Search, glide typing, GIFs, emojis and other advanced features built in, received a notable refresh on App Store. Bumped to version 1.3, Gboard includes support for fifteen new languages and brings a useful dictation feature that Google is calling Voice Typing. Additionally, you can now see a day’s Google Doodle right from the keyboard and enjoy Apple’s latest iOS 10 emoji.

Gboard now works in the following languages:

  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Swedish
  • Catalan
  • Hungarian
  • Malay
  • Russian
  • Latin American Spanish
  • Turkish

To type, search and share in these new languages, go to Languages → Add Language in the Gboard app. “We’ve also increased support for the universal language—emoji. Now you can search and send all of the latest emoji from iOS 10,” said Google.

As third-party keyboards on iOS are not allowed to use some of the more advanced features available to Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard, such as predictions and dictation, Google has taken it upon themselves to implement their own dictation system.

With Voice Typing, you can tap the microphone button to dictate messages on the go.

As mentioned, Gboard now supports Google Doodles.

For those unfamiliar with Doodles, they’re basically fun updates to the Google logo celebrating special dates throughout the year, such as events and famous birthdays.

“Doodles are one of the Googley-est things about Google,” said the search giant. “These fun animations honor holidays, anniversaries and notable people, and often teach you about a little slice of history.”

And now, Doodles are accessible right from your Gboard keyboard. On days when there’s a Doodle, Gboard’s “G” button will animate. Simply tap the “G” button whenever it animates to open up the day’s Doodle and search for more information about it.

More new features and languages are to be expected in future updates, Google said.

Grab Gboard for free from App Store.

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  • Victor J. Lockwood

    About DAMN TIME!!!

  • rich1984

    I can’t get the dictation to work. I’ve restarted, reinstalled, can’t get it to work. Any suggestions?

    • DarekSlaby

      I had the same problem. You have to delete the Google app for the voice dictation to show up. After that you can re download the Google app and it will stick. Not sure why it’s doing that.

      • rich1984

        Thank you for the suggestion, I’ve tried it just now and it’s still not working. I’m bummed.

      • It has to be the standalone Gboard app, the one inside the Google app doesn’t have it

      • rich1984

        I do have the standalone app installed. I never used it through the Google app

      • Stinkinr

        To activate dictation, just hold your finger on the space button, then slide your finger down off the screen

      • rich1984

        I’ve tried, that didn’t work either for me. The problem is, my keyboard doesn’t even show the microphone like the screenshot shows. I also don’t see the option in the keyboard settings to turn it on/off likes it supposed to have.

      • Stinkinr

        go to privacy settings and allow microphone to work with gboard

      • rich1984

        Thank you but I went to privacy and it’s not even as an option in there to turn on/off. I think it’s a bug. I’ve noticed in reviews other people can’t seem to see it either.

    • MrShutEmDown

      I had to research myself but when you get to keyboards, you add G-Board, but immediately after select it again and there’s another “GBoard” keyboard up there so essentially you need two-pboards” in Settigns>General >Keyboards to get the voice typing 🙂

      • rich1984

        Thank you for the suggestion but that didn’t get it to work

  • Aman kapoor

    When they integrated Gboard into the Google app I thought that was the death of Gboard app And I deleted it
    Now I gotta redownload it

    • Gethro

      I did the same thing do you think the voice typing feature will be added to the Google app as well It didn’t say in the article?

  • Guy

    How do I use the voice typing

    • Gethro

      I tried tap and hold on the space bar nothing works the update might not be active yet!

      • MrShutEmDown

        I had to research myself but when you get to keyboards, you add G-Board, but immediately after select it again and there’s another “GBoard” keyboard up there so essentially you need two-pboards” in Settigns>General >Keyboards to get the voice typing.