Google Keyboard is definitely a competent Android app, but big players like SwiftKey generally tend to overshadow it. That doesn’t mean Google Keyboard is bad, just that SwiftKey is fantastic. Today Google is taking a page from SwiftKey’s book and introducing Personalized Suggestions, though it’s done a little differently in Google’s app.
SwiftKey allows you to get personalized suggestions after logging into a few services in its settings. Google’s Personalized Suggestions uses other Google services, which is quite a big database to draw from. It’s also automatically enabled, though you’re warned about it the first time you open the app and you can also easily disable it. Another new Google Keyboard feature is an animation for the little letters that pop up when you hit a key. It’s now smoother and so, so pretty. This is an amazing touch.
Overall this is a nice update to an already great keyboard, and it’s even pushed me to give Google Keyboard another go. It may not take Swiftkey’s spot in my heart, but change is good every once in a while. Download the update on your device or hit the widget below to get to the latest version and then leave your thoughts on it in the comments!