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13 October 2019

0035: Gboard

by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.

The Android keyboard is the most important user interface for your Pixel phone and your productivity. In this episode I talk about the default Pixel keyboard, Gboard. After listening you will learn all the tips, tricks, and settings that will help you get the most out of typing on the Google Pixel. Afterward in the Addendum, I make a few shopping recommendations and briefly share my visit with my 106 year-young aunt!

NOTE: Join me October 15th from 10-noon (EDT) in a reddit chat room so we can chat together about the announcements at the Made by Google event from NYC (link to the live stream)

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Introduction

Gboard

Install

Default on Pixel phones, but you may need to install install or update Gboard from the Google Play Store on other Android devices.

Typing

Searching

No need to load the Google homepage; search right from Gboard (insert when it works and when it doesn’t).

Top Menu

Settings

More on settings below.

Clipboard
Text Editing
One-handed
Floating
Theme
Sticker
GIF
Translate

Bottom Menu

Keyboard

Displays the alphanumeric keyboard.

Search all media

Search across every option when you just can’t decide what to use.

Search emoji

Type the name of the emoji you need.

Bitmoji (if installed)

Provides access to Bitmoji via popular selections and additional groups such as; good night, hi, luv u, yay, sad, etc. Press the magnifying glass to search for specific Bitmoji.

Stickers

Access to various sticker packs (not a fan of them) or create your own Emoji mini, Sweet mini, or Bold mini (animated versions of yourself in differing styles created by snapping an image of your face and then modifying the attributes that aren’t just right.

GIF

Search a large database of animated GIFs to express how you feel.

ASCII emoji

Alpha numeric combinations to express feelings. Here’s are two “surprise” examples: \(°o°)/ and w(°o°)w

Backspace

Deletes selections to the left of the cursor.

Settings (Get Even More out of Gboard)

Languages
Preferences
Theme

Same as above

Text correction
Glide typing
Voice typing
Dictionary
Advanced
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Addendum

My beautiful 106-year YOUNG great aunt and her first selfie!

Amazing and affordable Sunfounder sensor kit

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tags: keyboard - gboard - android