Google Keyboard Updated With New Features

Following the announcement of the MODE snap-and-swap watch bands late last month, Google has revealed the latest update coming to its Keyboard app, Google Keyboard version 5.0, delivering a huge update that offers UI tweaks, layout changes, new gestures, and much more.

Google Keyboard v5.0.18.121010836 features:

  • New emoji/numpad button locations surrounding the space bar
  • Opt-in and a setting for sharing snippets with Google to improve the keyboard for everyone (what and how you type)
  • Show key border toggle
  • One-handed mode toggle
  • Long-press for hinted symbols toggle
  • Keyboard height setting (5 positions from short to tall)
  • Holo White and Holo Blue themes phased out
  • New first-time user experience (FTUE)
  • Dynamic floating preview toggle removed
  • Enable gesture delete toggle (slide left from delete key)
  • Enable gesture cursor control (move cursor by sliding across space bar)
  • Some settings got moved around
Google Keyboard v5.0 is now rolling out as a free update to all Android devices running Android KitKat or later.