Google’s Gboard keyboard for iPhone adds more languages, GIF suggestions, dark mode & custom backgrounds


Following a launch of its new Gboard keyboard for iPhone back in May, Google today announced it’s making the app available to users and languages internationally while adding some other new features. The app allows users to send GIFs, emojis, Google searches and more and works like all third-party keyboards on iOS via an App Store download.

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Starting today, Gboard now supports French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal) and Spanish (Spain). That’s in addition to English support that was previously available for users in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Australia. The keyboard will default to your device’s language setting:

Gboard will default to your device language, so as long as it’s set to one of these six languages you’re good to go. If your phone uses a different language, Gboard will default to U.S. English. You can change the language in your Gboard settings.

In addition to the new language support, Gboard is adding smart GIF suggestions and new dark mode and custom background options. The dark mode gives you a darker theme compared to the default light grey palette, and the new custom background option will let you use any image of your choosing (as pictured above, right). 

Download Gboard, version 1.1.0, on the App Store for free.

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