Last month, reports indicated that Google was working on a redesign of the shortcut toolbar for its popular Gboard app. Finally, it seems like the wait is almost over, as the beta version of Gboard has received an update showcasing the new design and improved features.
One of the significant changes in the latest Gboard redesign is the relocation of customization options for buttons on the quick-access toolbar. While users had to previously tap on the three-dot menu to customize the buttons, with this new update, Google has moved this option to the left edge of the menu bar and replaced it with a four-square button featuring rounded corners. Moreover, users can also access the emoji option and language switcher through this redesigned menu button.
Changes to the overflow menu
In addition to relocating the customization options for the quick-access toolbar, Gboard’s latest redesign also allows for greater customization options. Previously limited to four, users can now add an unlimited number of shortcuts to the overflow menu, with the ability to drag and rearrange them to suit their preferences. Additionally, users can even replace the voice search button with any other shortcut by simply dragging and dropping it to the overflow menu, making for a more personalized and intuitive experience.
Further, the update also introduces a new Privacy menu to Gboard’s settings, providing a dedicated place for users to monitor Google’s data collection policies. However, this menu does not offer any new settings and contains information that was previously available under the ‘Advanced’ section.
It is also worth noting that the new update numbered 12.6.06.491625702, is currently in beta testing. Therefore, users who want to access the new redesign will have to either join the beta channel by clicking the Join button on Gboard’s Play Store page or download the latest version from a third-party store like APKMirror.