Gboard Beta

Gboard Beta adds Google translator directly on the keyboard

Yesterday we heard about the new public beta of Gboard and Google Play Services and today we have the first fruits of it: the version 6.1 of the Google keyboard that includes translation of text on the keyboard and a new selector of topics.

If you want to try some magic on your Android, sign up for the Gboard beta and try the new text translation. Instead of writing a text, translating it and then pasting it, the translation happens as you type, in real time.

Gboard Beta
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Text Translation

You will find the new option after tapping the Google button on the top bar (note that this button does not always appear). In the row of icons, including the search for audio, options and themes is added a new icon: the translator.

The translation happens online, so keep in mind that what you write will be sent to Google’s servers for translation. You need, in fact, to accept a window that tells you just about it.

After touching the button, a box opens at the top of the keyboard showing a bar to select the input and output language, and a small box to write. The list of languages is the same as that of Google Translate.

Perhaps the funniest thing is that as you type the translation it is automatically typed in the chosen language. For example, you type “Hello” and the keyboard sends “Hello” to the application directly. This is a lot faster than using an additional application, such as Google Translate.

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Theme selector

In addition to the new translator, Gboard changes the theme selector it introduced in version 5.1, when it was still called a Google keyboard. As in the previous case, the option is found after clicking on the Google button.

The new selector is not very different from the old, being the main difference that now are in different rows the solid colors of the background images for the keyboard.

If you want to try the new Google keyboard with a translator and new themes selector, you can register in the beta version of Gboard, download the APK from APKMirror or wait until the new version is added to the stable version.