Google Keyboard, which is actually available as a standalone app in the Play Store, has received an update. The latest update, which bumps version number up to 2.0, brings features over from the keyboard baked in Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest mobile OS update. One of the advantages of Google decoupling various features and offering them as standalone apps is that the company can push out updates for those particular features at any given time. So while it might take quite a lot of time for Android devices to receive the KitKat update, users can at least update the keyboard on their devices and enjoy features from the latest software release.
There’s a new grey theme and a shortcut for Emoji. Unfortunately, this Google Keyboard update for some reason doesn’t bring the Emjoi that are baked into Android 4.4 KitKat. Users now also have the ability to trace sentences by brushing across the spacebar. Android users have a lot of options now with regards to keyboard. Just this week, Swype, SwiftKey and Google Keyboard have all been updated around the same time. The third-party options bring additional features, though users will have to dish out some money. Google Keyboard on the other hand is available as a free download from the Play Store.