Google has created Gboard, a keyboard app for your iOS device. The keyboard allows you to type as you would expect as well as use glide typing, a process of simply dragging your finger across the right keys to spell words. Of course, emojis are available as well.
The most interesting feature is that Google search is built in. You can type words that can be used as search terms on Google. When you hit send with your keyboard, you can search anything from Google without having to leave the keyboard app.
After your search, you can then send the results to the app using the keyboard.
Because of privacy issues, Google states the following about the keyboard sends:
We know the things you type on your phone are personal, so we’ve designed Gboard to keep your private information private.
What Gboard sends to Google:
• Gboard sends your searches to Google’s web servers to give you search results.
• Gboard also sends usage statistics to Google to let us know which features are used most often and to help us understand problems if the app crashes.
What Gboard doesn’t send to Google:
• Other than your searches, Gboard doesn’t send anything you type to Google, whether it’s a password or chat with a friend.
• Gboard will remember words you type to help you with spelling or to predict searches you might be interested, but this data is stored only on your device. This data is not accessible by Google or by any apps other than Gboard.
• If you’ve turned on contacts search in Gboard search settings, this allows Gboard to search the contacts on your device so you can easily share. None of these queries are sent to Google.
When you download the app, you will have to give it access to certain information on your iOS device. This is similar to other keyboard extensions. If you have privacy concerns, this app may not be for you. To learn more about the app, you can visit this Google support page.