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Google Keyboard updated, brings spoken emoji and a few other changes

Google is rolling out an update to its Keyboard, bringing a few minor changes including a few spoken emoji commands.
July 10, 2014

Google may have pulled down the unofficial Android L keyboard from Google Play, but at least they are making it up to us by updating the official keyboard with a few changes. The new update is listed as version 3.1.19633, and while not a major update, it does make a few noticeable tweaks.

For starters, it appears that Google has added support for spoken emoji, which allow you to add select emoji using hotwords such as “smiley face”, “sad face” and a few others. They’ve also moved the voice input shortcut to a new spot and have added new input languages: Indian English, Swiss Italian, Basque, Galician, and Latin American Spanish.


Interestingly enough, they’ve also removed the long-press delay adjustment, though folks that have used Android L’s keyboard won’t be too surprised to hear this, as the setting no longer exists in the preview version as well. There could be a few other hidden features, changes and bug fixes underneath, but these seem to be the most noticeable things.

In Google’s usual fashion, the update will rollout in stages.