The changes that previously came out in beta are now finally available in the stable build. The update for version 6.8 of Gboard or Google’s official virtual keyboard includes native handwriting support, auto-complete suggestion in the URL field, as well as support for 20 more languages including Jamaican Patois, Neapolitan, Norwegian, and Sicilian. These aren’t major changes but if you like using handwriting input and you speak any of the new supported languages, then that’s a pretty big deal already.
Previously, you needed to download a separate app called Handwriting Input so you could use your stylus or whatever to write on your keyboard and it will recognize and translate it as actual words. Now you can just use your good ole Gboard to be able to do so. You can just switch from alphanumerical to the handwriting mode by tapping on the change keyboard key on the left of your spacebar. But first, you have to add handwriting as a language in your settings. You also have quick access to numbers, symbols, emojis, and other keys.
Your URL fields in the Gboard also include suggestions so that if you’re looking for a website, and if Gboard is correct on what it’s suggesting, then it’s now easier for you to access that. However, there are no link-optimized suggestions, so it’s really more for search purposes. The changelog for the update also says fast delete, but you already have that in swiping the backspace key, so we don’t know what’s different now.
Finally, Gboard also brings new things to languages, including Hinglish-style support for 19 more Indian languages, as well as support for the following: Awadhi, Bambara, Bundeli, Emilian-Romagnol, Fulani, Gilaki, Hiligaynon, Jamaican Patois, Kumaoni, Lambadi, Lombard, Madurese, Minangkabau, Mazanderani, Nahuatl, Neapolitan, Norwegian (Nynorsk), Piedmontese, Sadri, Santali (Devanagari and Bengali), Sicilian, Sylheti, Venetian, and Zazaki. Update your Gboard from the Google Play page.