15 March 2019
Gboard 8.3 is currently available as the latest Gboard version for Android users. It is available via Play Store and does not bring any significant feature. But as per Gboard 8.3 APK teardown by 9to5Google folks, it seems like the team does have a bunch of features lined up for future updates.
The first noticeable thing is that the Gboard is preparing for Material Theme appearance. The app features icons for main settings categories and Google Sans font has been used everywhere. It will be removing lines between different sub-categories of a particular setting.
The team is further working on offering an expanded emoji search box. It seems to be a change made to make it more evident for users to know that instead of browsing through all the emojis, they can simply search for them for faster access. It is undoubtedly a handy addition for those who love to send emojis quite often.
Other than emojis, GIFs are something that is used within conversations quite often. It means this is also a place where searching functionality plays a far more crucial role. To make the same even more convenient, Google is adding Trending Searches which shows the current trend among all Gboard users to help you know what is being shared more commonly. It can help users stay updated on trend and also discover new GIFs.
All these changes have been spotted in the latest Gboard teardown. It means it is not sure when and if Google will actually be releasing these features. If it does, we will make sure you to keep you updated.