Google has released a new keyboard update for it Android keyboard with a number of new features including gesture cursor control, swipe delete, and a new one-handed mode.
The latest update for Google keyboard for Android is a significant one, bringing new different features, starting with a redesign and customization options. The latest release which is Version 5.0 of the keyboard made it way to Google Play yesterday.
If you have been disappointed by the awkward cursor controls of the keyboard, you should be able to enjoy the two new gesture features in Google’s keyboard update that solve this problem. The cursor can now be moved one letter at a time by sliding a finger across the spacebar, which takes the cursor forward and backwards over each letter in a word. And Deleting whole words has been made easier, With the help of a similar sliding action from the backspace key, which highlights selected text one word at a time as the finger moves left from M, to N, to B and so on. Lifting the finger off the screen will delete the selected text.
Google has some new changes for the suggested words in gesture typing, which no longer hover over the keyboard following the finger, but are now located in a suggestion bar on top of the keyboard. You can now remove suggested words by long-pressing and dragging the word away from the suggestion bar.
The update also features One-handed mode which can be toggled on by long-pressing the comma button in the keyboard. This feature can also be adjusted for left- or right-handed use. You can now modify the keyboard height in settings.