Google's new Android keyboard update makes you fluent in a new language

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Image raymond wong mashable

The first public beta build of Gboard for Android rolled out last week, bringing a number of new features that are certain to help users communicate much quicker. Instead of leaving your messaging app to translate a word or phrase, now you can translate your text right in the Gboard app. If so, a new update is coming your way. Previously, those who wanted to type messages in another language had to type out their message in Translate or copy and paste it into the Translate app to get a translation of what they wanted to say. This is essential for keeping in touch with a distant family member or friend from another region of the world.

Both emojis and GIFs are now offered in suggestions above the virtual keyboard's buttons. It promises to introduce more vistas for your keyboard as time goes by. Simply tap the translate icon in the quick features menu and watch as Google starts working its magic on your sentences even as you type.

Some languages will likely work better than others here, thanks to a big update Google Translate recently received which brought Google Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT) to more languages across the Translate platform.

It's worth noting that the Gboard is also available on the App Store for iOS devices. You can now share GIFs in supported apps such as Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Hangouts and Allo.

A major newbie for Gboard is Google Translate integration.

Speak up. Voice typing is now easier than ever with an updated interface to make it seamless to switch back to regular typing. These features includes access to emoji and GIF suggestions while you type, improved voice typing, more keyboard themes, as well as access to Google Translate.

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