Microsoft and Google have been competing since ages in making the operating systems for mobile phones that are highly competent against the iOS.
Though many small companies have been making those software keyboards for free, still the two mammoth companies i.e. Google and Microsoft seem to be working in parallel on the iOS keyboards. Last month Microsoft hit the bull’s eye first and launched the Microsoft Flow Keyboard. This keyboard from Microsoft displays features like a revolving emoji palette, designed for one-handed typing, and the liberty to zero in on different colors of your choice.
And now, here this week comes the Gboard from Google. Google has smartly named its keyboard as the Gboard for Apple’s iPhone. This new keyboard gets a hold of features which even the keyboard from Google’s very own Android phones does not possess.
Alternative keyboards for iPhone!
The iPhone has always made it possible, though not in a simple way, to install back-up or proxy keyboards. These keyboards, as always, have worked likewise at every platform and app related to messaging, for notes, emails, and almost everything. Invariably, you can also switch amongst the software keyboards that have been installed by just tapping on the globe icon by using it as a menu.
Instantaneous access to Google!
There are four new features that have been introduced with Google’s new software keyboard for iPhone, the Gboard. These are features which were previously not available on the iPhone’s built-in keyboard. The one big addition is the “G” for Google’s logo right beside the auto-suggestions bar. One tap on the logo and it opens the Google search box option for you there itself on your screen. From here, you can search for almost everything like addresses, definitions, articles, restaurants, flight information etc. This option comes as a savior many times. Every time you use this feature, it is evident that you just saved yourself some time by not switching in between conversations and the Google or any other search browser.
The company assures that the keyboard doesn’t save or collect information other than sending the bits of search data entered by you to Google.
Setbacks to the keyboard feature
Two major disappointments have been reported with this newly introduced feature for the Google keyboard. One is when you make a search on the web using the “G” on the keyboard, a list of relevant and suited results are displayed which can be scrolled down. So how is it that you insert the desired results that you are looking out for into the message? You just need to tap on the desired result from the list and it will be added to your chat text box. It is worthwhile noting that only a link related to the desired result will be inserted and not the entire information related to the topic will be shared and sent. This means that the recipients are forced to open their browsers by clicking on the link and then a Google search should be done instead of just displaying the information from the results out there.
Another disappointment is that the whole job of searching and pasting a link is not done on a single move, but by three taps which seem to look like a lot of work. The first tap is when you have to select a result tile, which displays a message saying that you have copied the link. The second tap will be to produce a text at the iOS’s command bar. The third and final tap is to paste the link by clicking on “Paste” button. And then you can send the link to the recipient.
Find emojis by the name
Though the iPhone’s in-built keyboard has emojis with a vast variety of little smileys and emoticons, it sometimes becomes a tedious job finding the right emoji while scrolling and scanning through several pages with those images. With the Google’s keyboard, you just have to type in the name of the emoji you want and the apt image appears down there. This seems to be so much better and easier. The Gboard’s bar of the three words for auto-suggestions sometimes also gives out an appropriate emoji for the word that has been typed in.