Google Keyboard update brings brings new features like adjustable keyboard height, 1-handed mode, and more


Google seems to be fairly busy today. Earlier we saw the release of May’s Android security bulletin as well as a few updates to its software, which included the stable version of Chrome and the Google camera app. Google Keyboard was another app that was updated on Google Play, bringing the app to version 5.0 — a full 1 point release.

This may be one of the more monumental updates for Google Keyboard as the application now allows for users to adjust the height of the keyboard, along with a few other features that aim to make typing on your Android devices easier than ever. In addition to being able to adjust the height of your keyboard, Google has also added the following features:

Google Keyboard v5.0 features:

  • 1-handed mode
  • Delete Gesture (slide on the delete key)
  • Cursor Control Gesture (slide on the spacebar)
  • Adjustable Keyboard Height
  • UI Tweaks
  • Speed Improvements

With these new updates, it seems that Google is attempting to supplant those who use third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey and bring them back to Google’s own keyboard. SwiftKey already has had many of these features included, which is why many folks have left Google’s keyboard for this popular alternative.

Although Google may not be trying to face third-party keyboards head-on, it’s pretty awesome to see the big G add more features that users will definitely take advantage of. The update is rolling out now and should be available for everyone within the next few days.

Download on Google Play: Google Keyboard


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