Google's iOS keyboard is the GIF and emoji app of my goals

I simply deleted the Giphy app from my iPhone. That is notable as a result of I am keen on GIFs. I discover a deep, barely perverse, pleasure in sending texts filled with these little shifting footage to my family members, and the Giphy app streamlined my picture-searching course of tenfold. However now, it is gone from my house display, deleted perpetually as a result of I discovered one thing that makes texting with GIFs even simpler. I discovered Gboard.

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Let’s not get melodramatic right here: Gboard is just Google’s new iOS keyboard. It isn’t an app that may change your life or make your surly traditionalist uncle see the true worth of know-how, however it’s a welcome addition to my very own texting routine. Gboard options Google search proper within the keyboard, plus the power to hunt for emoji by identify. There’s additionally the Glide Typing swipeable keyboard and, in fact, GIF search.

The embedded Google search perform is ridiculously useful. It brings browser looking straight to the keyboard, eliminating the method of closing the texting app, opening a browser, copying a hyperlink, closing the browser and eventually pasting the knowledge right into a message. As an alternative, faucet the G icon within the higher left nook of the keyboard and search proper there for something on the internet, together with climate stories, addresses, flight info and close by cat cafes (hey, we stated something). Search outcomes pop up in a single row of clickable playing cards; faucet one and its headline and URL mechanically populate in your message. If you wish to add the precise card, simply faucet the cardboard, faucet the message area, hit “Paste” and voila!

As soon as you’ve got looked for one thing, you are capable of toggle amongst net, picture and GIF outcomes by way of three icons beneath the row of playing cards. So as to add a picture or GIF, faucet the cardboard you need and it is mechanically able to be pasted, both as a boring static image or a gloriously cellular, additional-brief narrative expertise. (Have I discussed how a lot I really like GIFs?)

However, that is not the one means Gboard can add GIFs to texts. A small smiley face to the left of the spacebar brings up the usual iOS number of emoji, plus the choice to toggle to GIF search. Hit the “GIF” icon beneath these yellow smiley faces and seek for no matter shifting image you want, or browse advised searches reminiscent of “excessive 5,” “thumbs up,” “shrug” and “mic drop.”

Google's iOS keyboard is the GIF and emoji app of my dreams

Even emoji are searchable in Gboard in a pleasantly pure means. Most icons appear to answer quite a lot of phrases — for instance, looking for “Halloween” brings up a jack-o-lantern. The search even works with some misspellings and inaccurate predicted textual content. Not utilizing the swipeable keyboard, I looked for “Halloweeb” and nonetheless acquired the completely satisfied little pumpkin, whereas “jack” introduced up the pumpkin and the Union Jack. Utilizing the swipeable keyboard, I by chance looked for “punishing” and acquired a row of fists — and a jack-o-lantern on the very finish.

Emoji search is an excellent addition to my texting life, since I discover scrolling by way of rows of vaguely sorted icons to be time-consuming and irritating. Plus, Gboard suggests emoji even once you’re composing a textual content-solely message. For instance, I began asking my boyfriend if he needed to get a burrito for lunch and the primary advised “phrase” underneath the message was the burrito emoji. We additionally messaged one another about butts for some time, which is once I realized the peach emoji truly represents a booty, not a vagina. The extra you realize, certainly.

General, the Glide Typing perform is suitably responsive (this is not the primary swipeable keyboard for iOS, in any case), although I’ve to ensure the nail on my thumb does not intrude with my precise swiping.

Gboard makes a whole lot of sense. I would not be stunned if it turned the usual for keyboards within the close to future — it is a welcome improve based mostly on how individuals truly ship textual content messages. And GIFs. We will not overlook the GIFs.

Jessica is knowledgeable nerd, specializing in unbiased gaming, eSports and Harry Potter. She’s written for on-line retailers since 2008, with 4 years as Senior Reporter at Joystiq. She’s additionally a sci-fi novelist with a accomplished manuscript floating by means of the mysterious ether of potential publishers. Jessica graduated from ASU’s Walter Cronkite Faculty of Journalism in 2011 with a bachelor’s in journalism.