Gboard for iOS Introduces Google Maps, YouTube, and Doodling 'Ink' Tabs Into Keyboard App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Gboard is Google's own keyboard app for iOS devices, and today the company announced that it's integrating Google Maps and YouTube directly within the keyboard. The two new features will be housed behind the "G" button on Gboard, now sitting alongside Google Search.

    With Google Maps in Gboard, users can share their location, or another location that they wish to serve as a rendezvous point, and send the address to a contact in Messages. YouTube lets users search and send any YouTube video to friends and family directly from Gboard. There's also a new "Ink" tab that lets users draw pieces of art to share with their contacts.


    Outside of the Gboard app, Google also has a Google Maps app for Apple's Messages App Store, which lets users send their location to a friend as an iMessage.

    Gboard originally launched in May of 2016, with built-in Google search as its flagship feature, and was later updated with 3D Touch cursor tracking and voice support.

    Gboard is one of the main iOS keyboard apps that users can install as an additional keyboard to text with on their iPhone or iPad. Microsoft's SwiftKey is another well-known keyboard app for iOS, which the company has now decided to focus on after recently removing Word Flow from the iOS App Store.

    Gboard is available on the iOS App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Gboard for iOS Introduces Google Maps, YouTube, and Doodling 'Ink' Tabs Into Keyboard App
  2. JGraz19 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    How is this keyboard different than the one built into the Google app?
  3. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    You use this keyboard system wide.
  4. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    They will haven't fixed it where you click on a YouTube link and it opens in safari rather than app...
  5. entropi macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
  6. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  7. ceomfgstfu macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2017
    Gboard is a game changer and superior to native iOS keyb in almost every way (other than no siri). Swype, once learned is a game changer. Searchable GIfs and emoji rock. Now with maps and YouTube and doodle it just got that much better.
  8. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I use this all the time, just wish Apple would adopt swipe then I'd ditch this.
  9. smf72 macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2010
    I can seem to access any of the new features. I have reinstalled the app. Can anyone confirm it actually works?
  10. benroberts3 macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2012
    Kansas City
    Currently not working for me either. Google is slow to roll out updates to their apps on the sever side. Happens all the time with Google maps.

    Hopefully these features will work soon.
  11. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    They seem to be working for me...

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  12. JGIGS, Jul 31, 2017
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    JGIGS macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2008
    Ya I like it as well but find swype a little trickier to be accurate on the smaller handsets (using a 5S at the moment) Plus my 5S has a little lag with it but it also lags with the standard ios keyboard at times so that's mostly just Phone getting to old/outdated syndrome.
  13. ceomfgstfu macrumors newbie


    Jul 31, 2017
    Same issue here. Sounds like article prefaced full app store geo propagation which is often staggered by area.

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