Gboard, a new application from Google, for mobile devices

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By tapping the included “G” icon, users are able to immediately search Google without exiting your keyboard and launching a browser or the Google app. This allows to easily search for things like flight times, news articles, restaurant and business listings, weather and more right from device’s keyboard. The information obtained this way is also presented at the bottom of the screen in a card-style layout and can be easily inserted in conversations, email, notepad, or wherever else as hyperlinked text or as it is. “We wanted to bring the best of Google to Gboard, so you’ll see Maps, Translate, image and video search, News and others,” says Rajan Patel, the head of the product team that developed Gboard. Google made an interesting improvement to using emojis, too. Instead of having to manually scroll through the various emoji screens you can search for a term like “dance” or “wine” and the app will return the matching emoji. The new app is available today in English only and is a free download on the iTunes App Store. More languages will arrive in the future.

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