For many, the Google Android Keyboard is the one and only tool for typing for their Android mobile devices. Just recently, the company behind the popular search engine (and of course, the keyboard in question) got a major update. It is now at version 5.0 and it brings an array of user-requested features as well as customization options.
Google Android Keyboard is Now at Version 5.0
With the launching of the Android Keyboard 5.0, it brings a series of new features for the Android mobile device user. One of those is the fine cursor control, wherein users would just have to drag their finger along the spacebar to move the cursor between the letters across the board. This is a similar feature to “delete word” gesture wherein it works by dragging a finger along from the backspace key then swiping left. Each letter that will be crossed over will highlight the previous word, then, by releasing your finger it will delete the entire section.
Another new feature that the Google Android Keyboard Version 5.0 brings is the addition of a “one-handed mode.” When this feature is turned on, it will shrink the keyboard towards the left or the right section of your device’s screen. This is a welcoming feature for users that have typically larger screens than others.
While in one-handed mode, some of the buttons have been redesigned. Now, there’s an easier way to bring up a number keypad layout. Words can also be deleted from the dictionary with the use of a simple drag and drop interface. With the use of a long press on a suggestion then dragging the word towards the new trashcan icon, it will toss the word out of the said dictionary. This is useful if there is an erroneously-saved typo wherein the system thinks that you’re constantly using as a real word.
Aside from the new features, the updated keyboard also brings new customization options. Now, users are able to control the height of the keyboard and also toggle key outlines. The “Material Dark” and the “Material Light” themes are still there, but now the older Kitkat-era “Holo” themes have now been removed.
Google has also added a new opt-in message for the cloud-based personalized learning for users of the Android Keyboard. However, it is still not that clear as to how the feature actually changed. The old description states that to “Learn from Google app and services and your typed data to improve suggestions” does not actually sound significantly changed when looking at the newer description, which is “Automatically share snippets of what and how you type in Google apps to improve Google Keyboard.”