Google on Monday began rolling out a new version of Google Keyboard, and while this typically wouldn’t be big news, today’s update actually offers a lot of big tweaks. As detailed by Android Police, users can now adjust keyboard height, gain quicker access to the numpad and emoji, and even utilize a one-handed mode.
First up, Google has made it easier to distinguish between keys by offering an option to add a key border. Currently, the Google Keyboard is completely flat, with no visible separation between keys; the new option (above) provides a visual clue so keys can easily be distinguished. According to Android Police, the old holo themes are gone in this update.
Meanwhile, Google has added a one-handed mode, which can apparently be accessed with a long-press on the comma or search/enter button. This latest feature makes it easier for users to type one-handed, which is becoming more difficult thanks to the growing size of smartphones. There are also options to adjust the keyboard’s height, ranging from short to tall.
Additionally, Google has added a new gesture typing menu that shows dynamic suggestions in a bar, rather than providing suggestions right where you’re pressing. There are also other new gestures, including the ability to easily delete entire words, meaning users no long have to fiddle around with selection brackets.
It sounds like Google is rolling out its Google Keyboard update in waves, so if you don’t see it now you should be able to download it fairly soon. As far as keyboard updates are concerned, this is about as big as they get.