03 November 2020
In modern times, a smartphone keyboard app is not just a medium to send messages. It is also a way to express oneself better through the use of emojis, stickers, and GIFs. This stands true for Google's Gboard as well and is the reason that a dedicated settings tab has been added with the latest update.
Google has now replaced the previously used "Search" option with "Emojis, Stickers, and GIFs". The name is now self-explanatory and will make it easier even for a new user to look for the right settings. It houses all the settings related to personalizing how one wants to use emojis, stickers, and GIFs.
The new settings hub now has two main sections: Layout and Suggestions. The first one features four toggles meant for enabling the Emoji switch key, Emoji fast-access row, Emojis in symbols keyboard, and Emoji with the physical keyboard. Each toggle has small descriptions explaining what each of them does. In other words, this is the section from where you will be able to control all things related to Emojis.
The next section is about adjusting settings to Gboard suggestions. You can enable toggles for Predictive content search, Emoji suggestions while typing, Stickers suggestions while typing, and Sticker suggestions while selecting emojis. The first toggle covers GIFs, emojis, and sticker suggestions while browsing.
It should be noted that these changes are currently visible on the Gboard v10.8 release for Android 12 beta. The new version should become available across other Android versions but we will have to wait for the time being.