Google’s Gboard app finally gets a tablet-optimized design with the latest beta

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Google's Gboard app finally gets a tablet-optimized design with the latest beta

Earlier this year, Google announced that it would be updating most of its first-party apps with UI designs optimized for large-screen devices such as foldable phones and tablets. Now, the company has released a tablet-optimized UI for the Gboard app, and you can install it on your Galaxy Tab device.

Beta Version 12.3 of the Gboard app is now available for the Google Play Store. It features a taller design for both the background and the buttons. The updated keyboard app now feels less like a stretched version of the smartphone keyboard and more like a keyboard built specifically for tablets. In portrait screen orientation, the touch target becomes narrower, but all buttons still use the same layout.

The keyboard now has the Tab key on the left, left and right arrow keys (great for editing text), and the comma and period keys shift to the third line of the alphabet. There is also a dedicated button to hide the keyboard. The emoji button has shifted from right to left of the spacebar, while the top bar now shows more suggestions.

With Google focusing on tablets and large screen devices once again, users will find tablets more productive and easier to use. We can now expect the company to release more apps with optimized multi-panel UIs and large screen designs, which can encourage third-party developers to do the same. Samsung has updated most of its stock apps with a multi-panel UI for foldables and tablets.

Google Gboard Tablet UI Portrait

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