Putting it on par with the keyboard of the same name released for iOS in the mid-2016, Google recently released the GBoard for its own platform as well, giving the Android users the luxury of the ubiquity of Google search. For the uninitiated, one of the biggest, and possibly the best, feature of this keyboard is that it allows you to access the Google search from any screen where a keyboard can be accessed, by providing the user with a miniature search button. A portable Google Assistant of sorts, that has been enabled on some phones by default. For others, continue reading!
Whatever be the default setting for your phone, here’s a guide to enable/disable the setting according to your needs. Our suggestion, however, is that the tool is pretty handy and allows to Google whatever without having to leave the screen you are currently on. For example, if you’re making dinner plans with your friend, you can look up different places while you text and also share the details, all while being on the same screen.
To begin with, let us first ensure that you’re actually running GBoard. To do this, update your Google Keyboard if you haven’t done that already. This will install the GBoard app on your phone. If for some reason an update isn’t available, you can grab the latest APK from apkmirror by clicking here (hyperlink). Pay attention, however, since his app is processor-dependent, so you’ll need to know if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit processor, as well as if it’s x86 or arm. If you’re doing all the hard work from the Play Store, however, all that is done automatically.
With all of that done, let’s get down to business.
First, you gotta open the GBoard settings. If you’ve already been using the Google Keyboard and enabled the “app icon” setting, you’re already there.
If you haven’t, let’s just say it’s pretty simple. Open your keyboard onto any typing interface and head over to the button on the left of the spacebar. Long pressing it will bring up three icons, and you have to press the cog. Once you do that, a new pop-up will appear asking “Show GBoard Settings”
You’re already there! The hard part’s over. Now you have to head over to the Search menu.
Once you get there, you’ll find two options, the first one dealing with Predictive Search, which we do not have to worry about. The second one’s the one we are after. Toggle the “Show G Button” option as per your requirements.
From there on, you can now exit the GBoard settings.
How does it work? Simple and straight-up, we might say. Whenever your keyboard opens up and a search makes sense (doesn’t make sense in password fields or Chrome’s address bar), a small G button will appear on the upper left-hand side of the keyboard. Now go ahead and search for something that comes to mind. The results are simplified for easy viewing and sharing.
To illustrate, I decided to search for the Chicago Bulls score from their most recent game and share that info with Catherine. Not that she cares, but well.
As you can see, the info that comes up is pretty neat and if you tap the share button, the information is sent in a readable and concise manner for the other person.
Besides the Share button, related links also come up for you to make your search more thorough and/or look for related info.
All in all, this facility is likely to come very handily and if you haven’t been using the GBoard already, now should be a good time ti make the switch. All hail Google!