Google's new 'Gboard' for iPhone lets you Google while you Google
If you're an iPhone owner who has been wishing for a way to involve Google in basically everything you do on your Apple device, the search giant has good news — an all-new iOS keyboard with Google inside.
Announced on Thursday, Gboard is an all-in-one Google experience built into the iOS keyboard. The quick-access Google search box lets you quickly find and send structured data — like a restaurant location or the score of a baseball game — without leaving the app you're in.
Gboard also makes Google the umpteenth player in the GIF keyboard market, bringing its considerable search expertise to bear for those looking for the perfect Overly Attached Girlfriend reaction. Emojis join the reaction pic party, as well.
In the one actual keyboard-related development, Google has included its version of Swype — called Glide — allowing you to type without lifting a finger.
Perhaps predicting the backlash that would come with the release of a system keyboard from the world's largest collector of personal information, Gooogle is quick to point out that it will collect only "anonymous statistics" in order to "diagnose problems when the app crashes and...know which features are used most often."
Gboard version 1.0.0 is available now as a free, 33.5-megabyte download from the App Store.