Gboard tests a redesign of the floating keyboard and translate features, new add-to-dictionary chip

Google added a floating keyboard mode to the Gboard app all the way back in 2018. The mode allowed users to pop up the keyboard in a window and move it anywhere on the screen. Over the last two years, this floating keyboard mode hasn’t seen any major changes. But that’s about to change soon. Google has started testing a redesigned floating keyboard in the Gboard app, along with changes to the in-line translation feature that rolled out last year.
Gboard’s redesigned floating keyboard has already started showing up for some users, and it features a more rounded design. As you can see in the attached screenshots, the drag handle has also been integrated into the floating window more seamlessly, and it no longer sticks out at the bottom. These design changes fall in line with the recent Material You updates that Google is rolling out to other apps.

Google has also started testing a redesigned UI for Gboard’s in-line translation feature. The language chips now follow Android 12’s d…

Written By: Pranob Mehrotra

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