The one app people use the most on their phones is probably the one they think about the least, the keyboard. I was the same way until the Swype keyboard came around, which I happily used until I tried the Google keyboard, which added swipe typing. I found the Google Keyboard was on par with Swype and stuck with it.
Over the years Google has added functionality and features to its keyboard, now called Gboard, and it’s my keyboard of choice for mobile. What can you add to keyboard? Well, if you’re Google, you would have to add search, which they did. You can search Google, translate, easily find the right emoji and find fun GIFs to amuse your friends directly within the keyboard. And, as if the search function for emoji wasn’t easy enough, now you can draw an emoji and find it that way. I’m amazed by how well it works.
Sure, search is great, but moving your position in the document by dragging your finger on the space bar is useful, as is the predictive text. You can also make your keyboard work better for left or right handed people and resize it with a tap and hold of the comma or hitting the G in the upper left and choosing the hand tool (it’s to the left of the settings icon). Choose the hand tool and you’re good to go.
There are other basic options in the Gboard settings, like changing the color, using a background picture, etc… While these are great, they’ve been around for a while and no longer excite me.