July 22, 2021
Gboard GIF creator

Gboard Now Sports a Conspicuous, Quick Access GIF Creator Tool

The Gboard GIF creator isn’t exactly new but now, it resides in a more obvious place, positioned in the word suggestion bar for easy access…

Gboard, the iOS and Android keyboard app by search giant Google, now boasts a slightly new look. Its GIF creator tool, previously resigned to relative obscurity behind the emoji button, is now front-and-center.

Gboard GIF Creator Tool Moved to the Word Suggestion Bar

Google debuted the Gboard GIF creator tool last September. But, the company placed it in a somewhat weird location. In a recent update, the Gboard GIF option now lives on the right side of the word suggestion bar, as noticed by The Verge:

Gboard GIF creator screenshot
Credit: The Verge

What’s more, its functionality is also a bonus. Users can use the front or back camera to record in two different modes: “Loop” and “Fast-Forward.” The former option allows users to record a three-second boomerang. While the latter lets users record for up to one minute and then it speeds-up the video. After recording, users can simply copy their custom GIF into a message.

Currently, it’s only appearing on iOS but should make its way to Android soon. And, it’s important to note, there is no mention of the new recording features on the official Play Store page.

In related news, a recent APK teardown revealed a possible new feature coming to Gboard: Smart Reply. It works by reading message contents and then offering contextual, suggested replies. And, in this version, it will nicely be compatible with several other apps. Those include Hangouts, Android Messages, Allo, Facebook Messenger, and Messenger Lite, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Tencent.