Google’s GBoard keyboard is cooler than ever before2 min read . Updated: 15 Jun 2017, 01:03 PM IST
Google is using machine learning to improve typing speed and accuracy in the Gboard app
Google’s keyboard app Gboard has come a long way in the last few months. The option to apply themes, adjust keyboard height and one-handed mode are some of the tools which brought it at par with the more dashing rivals such as SwiftKey and Fleksy.
Google is now taking its keyboard app to the next level by using AI and machine learning tools. It is also better integrated with other Google apps, allowing users to search the web and get results from the keyboard itself.
Machine learning for smart typing
For a more accurate typing experience, Google is using a neural spatial model which is better at mapping the touch points on the screen to actual keys. So if you are typing or swiping a word, and you didn’t tap or touch one of the letters properly, the AI tool will try to determine the letter you actually intended to tap on the basis of proximity of input and your previous typing history.
Search emojis by drawing
The Google keyboard offers plenty of cool emojis. However, finding them can be time-taking. This is where Gboard’s new handwriting tool can come in handy. Users can draw a blueprint of what they are looking for in the emoji search box and the app will recognise the image and show the matching emojis right away.
To help users type faster, Gboard will now provide phrase suggestions using machine learning tools. So the app will try to guess the next words for you by matching the most appropriate phrases in English to what has been typed in the keyboard. So if you type, “What do you think", the next phrase suggestion will be “about this". The feature is currently available in English only, but will be rolled out for other languages soon.
More gestures for fast typing
Google has added more gesture controls to Gboard to help users type quickly. For example, you can move the cursor in any direction by swiping back and forth on the spacebar in the same direction. Similarly, you can delete an entire word by swiping right to left over the delete key.
Faster search and sharing
Gboard offers closer integration with other Google apps. Users can now get weather report, news links and score update on the keyboard itself. To access this, tap on the Google icon, type what you are interested in and tap on the search button on the keyboard. This can help users browse the web and share the results while chatting with a friend on a chat messenger or browsing through social media.