Gboard for Android has been on the receiving end of a nifty update that brings you the option to search for emoji by drawing them, and it actually works pretty well. Even if your sketch is virtually unrecognizable, there’s a good chance the algorithm can figure out what you were attempting to draw, as it takes advantage of the data collected by Google during its recent AutoDraw and QuickDraw experiments.
In addition, the upgrade bundles enhancements for Gboard’s web search and text prediction capabilities. From now on, when you look for something online using the integrated Search feature, you’ll be presented with more results, which makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. The results cards are also more responsive, allowing you to seamlessly switch between supported applications.
Google’s releasing the update in stages
As you’ve probably already guessed, Google is rolling out the update to compatible smartphones in stages — so it could take a couple of days to reach your device. With that in mind, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a notification prompting you to install the upgrade, and ensure you’re open up the Play Store every so often to force your handset to check for new APKs.