iOS has supported third-party keyboards for a bit of time now, and one of the more popular ones comes from Google.
That option, called Gboard, has officially been updated to version 1.8.0, and, with it, added two of Google’s biggest properties to the mix: Maps and YouTube. Gboard users will now be able to simply tap the big “G” logo on their keyboard and gain access to both platforms from within the keyboard itself. The idea is to make it easier than ever before to quickly share a location, whether it’s yours or where you want to meet someone, and access video content on YouTube to quickly spread to friends and family.
This should reduce the need for copying and pasting, hopefully, and jumping back-and-forth between separate apps.
The new Gboard for iOS also features a new “Ink” feature, which allows for users to move the phone into landscape and then draw for input. This is a similar feature that’s been present in the stock iOS keyboard for quite some time, but it’s a good addition in general. Interestingly enough, this is yet another big update for Gboard that brings these new features to iOS first, with the Android version of the app set to receive the update in the near future.
The latest Gboard for iOS update is available right now, so you can update your app if you have already installed it. If you haven’t and want to give it a shot, you can download it from the link below.
- Gboard for iOS — Free