Gboard – Google’s iPhone keyboard – now available in Australian App Store

Google, seemingly intent on taking over every part of your iPhone, launched its very first third party iPhone keyboard – Gboard – in the middle of May. Almost a month later, Gboard is now available for download through the Australian App Store.

Gboard's key feature is an integrated search box. Simply tap the G, and you'll be able to search for addresses, photos, GIFs, emojis, and more without needing to leave the app you're in. Google says the main idea behind Gboard is to eliminate app switching, and as such, save time.

"Say you’re texting with a friend about tomorrow’s brekky plans," wrote Principal Engineer Rajan Patel on Google's official blog. "They ask you for the address. Until now it’s worked like this: You leave your texting app, open Search, find the restaurant, copy the address, switch back to your texts, paste the address into a message, and finally, hit send."

"Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that difficult. With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things – restaurant info, flight times, news articles – right from your keyboard. Anything you’d search on Google, you can search with Gboard."

Gboard is available as a free download through the App Store.

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