Gboard gets first major update with internationalization, smart GIF suggestions & custom keyboards

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Google announced the first large update to their iOS keyboard, Gboard, after launching it on May 12th with a huge success.

The new update brings international and language support, smart GIF suggestions and a way to customize the keyboard look and feel.

Smart GIF suggestions

One of my favorite features of Gboard is the GIF feature but now it just got better. Google will offer you quick access to GIFs based on your last message sent. The keyboard will immediately show you an option to search for GIFs after you hit send.

Here is an animated GIF of this in action:

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Expanded international support

Gboard already works in U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia and today it has been expanded to French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal) and Spanish (Spain). Gboard will default to your device language, but if your phone uses a different language, Gboard will default to U.S. English, which you can change the language in your Gboard settings.

Customizable keyboards

Also found in settings is a new way to customize your Gboard keyboards. Google added a dark keyboard but is also letting you personalize your keyboard with your own photos. Here is a screen shot of how a personalized Gboard keyboard looks like:

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