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Gboard gains support for stickers and a ton of new languages

Google's keyboard, Gboard, is receiving an update that brings support for stickers and 40 new languages. Is your native tongue now supported?

Published onNovember 21, 2017

Gboard is gaining support for a ton of new languages.

Google’s own keyboard app recently rolled out a new update that brings support for 40 more languages. This pushes the total number of supported languages to over 120 with one of the most notable newly supported languages being Japanese. In the past, you’ve had to use an alternative input method to type in Japanese and other non-Latin based languages. But, Google has been slowly integrating these languages and is now adding a large group of languages all at once.

If you’re a current user of the Japanese Input offered by Google, you’ll need to go through some additional setup to see Japanese in Gboard. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t automatically switch you over but setting it up is pretty easy. Just open up Gboard from your app tray, tap “Languages”, hit “Add keyboard” and find Japanese. You can scroll through the list of languages or use the search function at the top right. Once you select Japanese, the app will give you the option for a 12-key or QWERTY layout and multilingual typing if you have more than two languages enabled.

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In addition to the newly supported languages, Gboard is also now integrating stickers. Before this update, you had to have Google’s Allo installed and you had to install stickers in that app to get them to work in Gboard. Luckily, Google is making things a little less convoluted and just bringing sticker support right into Gboard. As of right now, four default sticker packs are included with the ability to download more from the Play Store.

Are any either of these features game changers for you? If your language was added, how does the experience of using Gboard now compare to before updating? Let us know down in the comments.

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