Coolest thing on my phone this week: Gboard

Before you are all impressed and shiz, let me confess – Gboard is neither my discovery nor did I download it on my phone. It’s all Mr. N. He has a knack for selling me weird apps, which I obviously buy and use all of two times, keep for three months and delete when my phone cannot save any more selfies. It works like a round clock. But I love it, and him for it. I would probably be using Motorola RAZR V3 in pink if it weren’t for him.

Anyway. Back to Gboard. It is a new keyboard designed by Google, for your cellphones. It has all the features you would need on your fingertips — GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing — plus built-in Google Search. No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard.

I have been using it for a couple of weeks now, and here’s what I love about it:

  • You can customise the keyboard’s background and add your favourite picture, just as you can for your phone’s desktop.
  • I no longer feel excluded from the cool gang of emojis. There are lots of new faces, and with words being so pàsse, emojis can do the talking for you.
How The New York Times does Emoji-Talking
  • If you want to up your communication game, or just annoy people, there are GIFs too.

  • You can use facts (or alternate facts!) to substantiate arguments. Google search is now a permanent fixture in Gboard, so all you have to do is type in the keyword, hit search, click on your choice of result and send.
Picture courtesy: Engadget

Would I recommend it? Absolutely! It’s extensive, comfortable, customisable and I can finally add Pakistani flag in my instagram bio #goals.

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