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Gboard is getting a new design for shortcuts

Google’s keyboard app Gboard will soon get a new design for the shortcuts. In addition, the tablet version of the keyboard app also gets some nice improvements.

Gboard is getting more Material You

The beta version of Gboard has been put on the operating table, and the doctors at 9to5Google discovered some surprising new capabilities there. Most striking is the new design for the shortcuts that can be found under the three dots. Currently you will find round buttons here. Soon the shortcut will have a rectangular button with rounded corners. This design is more in line with that of the keyboard itself.

Also new is the icon at the top left. This one looks a bit like the old app drawer icon and replaces the arrow. This icon takes over the Material You design. If you tap on it, the other shortcuts will appear.

The Gboard beta also makes a change to the full tablet UI that was introduced in October. Previously, there was a button in the bottom right corner that let you hide Gboard. Google has replaced this button with another ‘?123’ key. You can see the difference in the screenshots below.

If you miss the previous button, you can always hide the keyboard by tapping elsewhere on the screen. Or swipe back. They’re details, but they can significantly improve Gboard’s user experience. It is not known when Google will make the changes available to everyone. Meanwhile, Gboard is still number one in our list of the best keyboard apps for Android phones.

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