In a strange turn of events, Google has released a new keyboard app for iOS ahead of its Android release.
(CCM) — On Thursday, Google announced a new iPhone app called Gboard. This iOS-based keyboard app allows users to search and send information, GIFs, emoji, and more directly from the keyboard without having to leave the app. "With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things —restaurant info, flight times, news articles— right from your keyboard. Anything you’d search on Google, you can search with Gboard," explained Principal Engineer Rajan Patel in a blog post on the new app. Results appear as cards with key information, and users can easily send these cards within a conversation. Gboard also includes Glide Typing, allowing iPhone or iPad users to access a slide-to-type mode for faster input, as well as searchable GIFs and emoji. Gboard works in any app on your device and is available now in the App Store. For now, the app is limited to English in the U.S., with more languages to follow.
Google's loyal Android users felt left out by the launch of the new iOS app, but the company reassured them that an Android version is on its way. "Android users feel betrayed we're not first before iOS :D," said one such user, Carylyne Chan, in a comment on ProductHunt following the Gboard announcement. Bri Connelly, a Google product manager involved with the new app, responded saying that Google is "working on the best way to bring the same functionality to Android right now!" It is unclear why Google opted for an iOS launch first, but the app skyrocketed to the top of the App Store's popularity chart on Thursday.
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