Since I/O 2022, Google has been releasing large-screen optimized UIs for first-party apps. Gboard’s latest beta is now releasing an Android tablet layout, which is long overdue and pretty good out of the gate.
Gboard 12.3 for Android offers a tablet layout that doesn’t feel like a phone keyboard. It starts at the height of Gboard by default, including the background and buttons, which now look more like squares than rectangles, so it’s easier to tap. However, in portrait mode, touch targets become narrower.
On the left, you now have keys for Tab and Caps Lock on the first two lines. Enter (or Search) on the right is now a prominent pill, and in the lower right corner is a special Hide key button. Next to it you get the left/right arrow keys (very useful for editing text), a comma and period move up a row, and an emoji to the left of the space bar.
Gboard’s new Android tablet interface
Google has also visually changed the suggestions bar to allow another shortcut when the microphone button is not aligned to the right.
Gboard’s new tablet layout is much more optimized for larger screens than the phone-first UI. It is currently in the beta channel and will be available more widely in the coming weeks. This comes after Google updated the keyboard app for the Fold in recent months, and also worked for the Pixel Tablet.
Previous form of the tablet
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