The 9to5Google site discovered new functions in the Google Gboard keyboard which is more suited to the new Material You interface of Android 12.
Next month, Google is expected to release the final version of the next major Android update, Android 12. A version that should give pride of place to the new design language, Material You. This allows you to associate the dominant colors of your wallpaper to reuse them in different elements of the interface, but also in Google applications as well as in third-party programs.
Of course, the keyboard should also benefit from Material You. In any case, this is what the 9to5Google site was able to detect within the Google Gboard application, the virtual keyboard developed by the Mountain View firm. Indeed, the group’s specialized news site has searched the source code of version 10.9 of the application to discover certain elements related to Material You.
By decompiling the APK file for Google Gboard, 9to5Google discovered new features that allow the virtual keyboard to be linked more closely to the Android 12 interface. This is particularly the case for zooming when a key is pressed. This is no longer displayed in a square box, but in a round box. The same goes for a long press on a box, which no longer has a rectangle, but a diamond shape with rounded sides.
A revised interface in Gboard settings
Within the application’s settings, the Google Gboard themes have also been revised to highlight some of them, in particular with the help of rounded frames which are no longer rectangular.
Google Gboard had has already been updated in recent weeks in order to add the main new features of Android 12, namely the automatic adaptation of the keyboard colors to the dominant color of the wallpaper, as well as the shapes of the keys on the keyboard.
In recent months, Google has already updated many of its apps to be ready for the launch of Android 12 next month. This is the case of Google Contacts, but also Google Messages or from Google chrome. As a reminder, Google has yet to release a new beta version of Android 12 this month before a final rollout scheduled for September. Then, it’s up to the manufacturers to adapt the update to bring it to their different smartphones.