Google finally releases Gboard for Android, bringing search to the keyboard

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When Google released Gboard for iOS earlier this year, scorned Android users were promised that the search-centric keyboard would be making its way to Android phones soon enough. Some six months later, Google is making good on its promise, and it’s every bit as good as it is on the iPhone.

Coming in the form of an update to the existing Google Keyboard, the new version brings a slew of features that iPhone users have already been enjoying, most notably a Google search bar built right into the top row. Just tap the tiny arrow to the left of the predictive text field and you’ll see a series of new options. Expand the magnifying glass and you’ll be able to search Google via a tiny browser to easily send links, pics, and, most importantly, GIFs to your friends. You can also change the theme, adjust settings, turn on one-handed mode, and enable dictation from the same options bar.

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