I'm typing up this review using SwiftKey, so that should tell you a little something. While GBoard is a good attempt,there are problems with the prediction feature that make this app inferior to other predictive services. With GBoard, you need to press the spacebar in order for the next word to appear in the predictive text. This makes gesture typing slow and defeats the purpose of keeping your finger sliding rather than typing. With an app like SwiftKey, after using a gesture(or typing out a word) the next word is ready, without the need to constantly hit space before selecting it. It also needs an option to turn on arrow keys. I know you can move the cursor by sliding on the space bar, but it is slow and inaccurate anf you can't go up or down...just give the option for arrow keys. Also, the correction bar didn't appear in all fields for typing, especially chrome. The response for this is that chrome already has autocorrect.. Except that chrome doesn't always work as efficiently for individually topped words.
The app crashes very often. When using two languages sometimes it automatically deactivate the secondary language and when I hold the spacebar to switch between languages it crashes. But the app is very good, I like it very much. The bug reported above is something you can easily handle if you have a good phone. There are a lot of features and facilities. Strongly recommended.
After genuinely trying to make this app work for me I began to slowly get further and further infuriated with this keyboard, the swiping is nothing short of terrible, every other word is wrong! SWYPE keyboard doesn't have this issue and I'm able to freely swipe around without having to check that each word comes out correctly. Secondly it refuses to show suggestions on Google search and there is no option to change this terribly infuriating feature. Seriously how hard is it to do that! Thirdly I could not turn off auto punctuation so whenever I need to login I am unable to swipe my email in without it shoving spaces into it. And lastly it cannot swipe punctuation, with SWYPE keyboard I am able to swipe my whole email as one single flick of my finger. This makes logging in a breeze. You had your chance Google and you threw it away with this half baked turd. This was all lovingly swiped with SWYPE keyboard.
Keyboard works very well and so does the predictive text and spell correction. My favorite feature (and I'm not sure why Samsung can't do this) is to let the backup key press-hold delete characters at a set rate and not automatically delete the whole url after 2 seconds of holding the key.
I definitely love the personalization feature. It's nice to be able to have a picture as the keyboard background. My one problem is the fact that the keyboard won't stop crashing. I'll be typing out a sentence and I'll get a popup saying that the keyboard crashed. I have to wait a minute before being able to type again. If there's a way for you to fix the crashing problem or a way to fix it from my side, I'd appreciate it very much!
Best android keyboard available. Most accurate for Swyping (better than Swiftkey and Swype). Really clean and attractive themes. NO WORD SUGGESTION IN CHROME, DRIVE, MAPS, GMAIL OR GOOGLE APP. What??? Google keyboard should work 100% in Google apps. End up having to re-type a LOT. Also would be nice to have shortcut to keyboard options on the keyboard itself such as holding down the emoji or symbol key.
• Emoji handwriting: Draw your favourite emoji to find them
• Updated Search cards
• Phrase suggestions and predictions
• Suggestions & glide typing in: Azerbaijani (Iran), Dhivehi, French (Belgium), Hawaiian, Maori and Samoan
• New language layouts: Dzongkha, Ewe, Navajo, Tsonga and K'iche'
• Bug fixes
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