Google Keyboard - Material Light theme

Heavily-revised Google Keyboard hits the Play Store

A major update to Google Keyboard has been released which although, in general, has a similar appearance to previous versions, actually contains a large number of changes beneath the surface. Version 5.0 of Google Keyboard offers many new features, including additions that have been requested by users for a long time.

Whilst the latest edition of Google Keyboard still includes the ‘Material Light’ and ‘Material Dark’ themes, the most noticeable change comes with the addition of a new one-handed mode. Using this feature, the keyboard can be positioned on either the left or right side of the display.

Devices which offer larger displays, such as the Nexus 6P, are considerably more mainstream that when Google Keyboard was originally launched on the Play Store. Given the popularity of these phablets, the addition of a single-handed mode will be welcomed by many.

The new edition of Google Keyboard also includes a new customisation option, with it now possible to increase or decrease the height of the keyboard from the settings menu.

There is also support for a new gesture, with the ability to quickly delete whole words by swiping left from the backspace key.

Fine cursor control is now supported too, with the possibility of moving the cursor between letters by dragging a finger across the spacebar.

Google Keyboard version 5.0 is currently being made available for download on the Play Store.

[via Ars Technica]