Google has replaced the default keyboard app on Android with its Gboard. Initially available on iOS, the virtual keyboard is designed to support hardware apart from Nexus and Pixel devices.
Taking on SwiftKey, Gboard delivers an advanced typing experience on open source Android platform. It supports GIFs as well as Google Search integration. Additionally, there is an option to search for new emojis.
There is a dedicated G button on the keyboard that gives you direct access to Google Search. For large-screen devices, the keyboard has a one-handed mode. You can also use the built-in emoji options to express your feelings through some attractive emoticons.
Furthermore, the basics of the original Google Keyboard exist in Gboard. There are features like auto-predict and Glide typing to ease texting on the virtual keyboard.
Google is yet to release a separate Gboard access for developers. Meanwhile, you can download its presence on your Android devices by downloading an APK file. The keyboard would also reach Google Play store in the coming days.