This Gboard enhanced voice typing feature also brings the latest Google Assistant feature which is found on the latest Pixel phones, i.e. the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
Notably, the latest Gboard enhanced voice typing feature is now rolling out for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G users. And we expect it to be rolled over for the other Pixel devices soon.
The new Gboard enhanced voice typing features leverages the use of the new Google Assistant. And this next-gen Google Assistant is only exclusive to Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5.
Moreover, it offers faster voice recognition and typing experience than ever before. On top of this, there is improved and auto-punctuation support as well.
This has been achieved by moving some of the voice-to-text models offline. In fact, on-device processing has also helped in building this accurate voice typing feature.
Gboard enhanced voice typing feature also supports Google Assistant voice commands
Furthermore, this new Gboard feature supports the Google Assistant voice commands. This allows the users to send messages using their voice itself.
To give you an idea, you can simply say "Clear" to clear text transcription and negates the need for manually using the backspace key. Or could say "Delete" to delete the voice typed message.
Note that these are the only commands that are found to be working today. But we expect "Send" to be the other one working. And soon more commands will be added.
If you own any of the mentioned Pixel devices, you can enable the new feature from the "Voice typing" section under Gboard’s settings. Once you have enabled, Google Assistant you will see Gboard’s "Speak now to dictate" prompt.
Additionally, voice typing UI has also been tweaked a bit. And the Google Assistant light bar will show up right at the bottom to offer visual feedback.
Users can also enable the auto punctuation toggle to allow the keyboard to automatically add punctuation while you are dictating the message using your voice.
You can use the "Enhanced" option under the Voice typing menu in Gboard settings. The new feature is rolling out to Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. But you need to download the latest Gboard beta version in order to use this new feature.
However, note that this feature may not work for everyone as noted by 9To5Google. So, if you are also suffering the same, then you can disable the "Enhanced" option under the Voice typing menu.