Google is extending Search capabilities to iMessage and other browser apps on iOS

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Google announced on Monday a couple of integrations to extend Google Search functionality to more apps on iOS. They include extensions for iMessage and browser apps such as Safari.
First, a look at the new iMessage extension, which allows users to search Google and share results with those they’re chatting with in iMessage. To activate the new functionality, click on the App Store icon next to the message field in an iMessage chat to bring up the iMessage apps drawer. Then select the Google app icon to see the options below (You’ll need to have the app installed on your iPhone). You can search or click one of the shortcut buttons to bring up related results.
Clicking on the “Food” icon, for example, will bring up a list of cards for nearby restaurants. Clicking “Share” in any of the cards will add the listing to the iMessage chat.
It appears that if you click through on any

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Google adds emoji & GIF suggestions, translations & more to GBoard for Android

Google has rolled a number of new features for GBoard for Android — the keyboard app it originally launched on iOS devices.
Android users now will see emoji and GIF suggestions as they type, and they’ll be able to share GIFs in supported apps, including Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Hangouts and Allo. The latest updates also include improved voice-typing, more keyboard themes and search features for right-to-left languages.
“Now for the first time in right-to-left languages (think Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi), you can tap on the arrow or the G in the suggestion strip and get access to new search features, including web, GIF and emoji,” writes Reena Lee, a Google product manager, on the Google Search Blog.
There is also a new Google Translate option — showcased in the GIF here — that lets users click a Translate icon from the features menu to translate instantly whatever they are typing.

Google says the updates are available now, as long as users

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Gboard adds new languages, voice typing, new emojis & doodles

Google has updated their iOS keyboard extension, Gboard to add 15 new languages, voice typing, new emojis and Google doodles.
The new languages include Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Catalan, Hungarian, Malay, Russian, Latin American Spanish and Turkish. To add these languages to Gboard, go to “Languages” > “Add Language.”
Voice typing was also added. Just press the microphone button and talk. It will then listen and type out what it hears you saying. This was one of the biggest missing features that consumers wanted on Gboard.
Gboard now supports the latest emojis from iOS 10.
Finally, Google added their doodles to the keyboard. After you type the G on the Gboard, you will be presented with today’s doodle.
You can download Gboard for iOS free in the App store.
FYI, I’ve been trying to download the update all morning, but it is not installing for me. I am not sure if it is a specific issue for me or

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Google iOS app gets new local search filters, more AMP support & Gboard access

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Google rolled out the latest version of its app for iOS yesterday, with new local search filters, more AMP support and Gboard access.
With the new version 23.0, Google has added more local search filters like “Top Rated” and “Open Now” to the app, and the the ability to turn on Gboard within the app — the Google keyboard designed first for iOS devices and then Android, that makes it possible to search and send information, GIFs and emojis.
Google is also adding more support for AMP (accelerated mobile pages) to the app.
From the update announcement on iTunes: “More webpages will now load instantly. Just look out for a lightning bolt and ‘AMP’ on search results and enjoy blazing fast webpage loading.”
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Google launches Gboard keyboard features on Android devices

According to multiple reports, Gboard — Google’s keyboard designed specifically for iOS devices — is now available on Android devices.
A report from The Verge says that a Google Keyboard update is bringing Gboard features to Android, including the integrated search function, the emoji search tool and new shortcuts.
“It’s currently available only as an APK from Google without detailed release notes, although it should make its way over to the Play Store soon,” writes The Verge reporter, Adi Robertson.
Gboard originally launched in May of this year, followed by a major update in August that added internationalization features, smart GIF suggestions and custom keyboards.
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