According to a new APK Insight post by 9To5Google, Google is working on light themes for Gboard on Pixel phones with Android 12. In fact, some users have already received new Gboard themes.
Apparently, Gboard 10.6, which started rolling out earlier this week, introduced some major redesign, and it will be available for Pixel phones with the upcoming Android 12 OS.
Now, folks at 9To5Google have decompiled the latest version of the Gboard app, uploaded by Google on the Play Store. Notably, there are lines of code that hint at lighter themes for Gboard.
There is one thing that you should note about APK Insight posts by 9To5Google. It is that there is no certainty Google will release the discovered features in the future with the app.
Talking about the changes, Google has replaced the Google Sans font with Roboto. The change will be seen with uppercased letters. The QWERTY keys and bottom rows now rest on the curved sheet.
This curved sheet differentiates the QWERTY keys and bottom rows with a bar of suggestions, shortcuts, and microphone input. Moreover, the top bar is also lighter in color.
The “?123” keys are now inside the pill-shaped keys
The new design of the Gboard can be seen on the “?123” keys. The option to trigger the numeric and symbol keys now rests in a pill-shaped key.
There are multiple lighter shades that you can apply for Gboard. The new Gboard light theme applies to both the background and the keys as well.
We expect mixed reactions to these light themes. They aren’t overwhelming but are subtle. This change is linked to the overhaul that the Android OS is getting with Android 12.
As per the screenshots, some Gboard themes accent the caps lock, ?123, emoji/comma, period, return and backspace keys also. The space bar is also with some accents of the theme color.
You can enable/disable the key borders. These new changes have not appeared widely for users and are currently limited to Pixel phones. But we assume the Gboard redesign will go live with the official release of Android 12 for other OEM devices.
Besides, these new light themes for Gboard are currently in testing mode. So, there is a big chance that Google might drop these features if they are not up to the standards.
Whatever the case may be, it is refreshing to see some subtle but new changes introduced to the Gboard app. We hope Google brings the new lighter themes to the Gboard app with Android 12.