Google's Gboard Introduces Sleek Toolbar for Voice Typing on Pixel Tablet
Google's keyboard app, Gboard, is set to unveil an exciting new feature for voice typing on the Pixel Tablet. In the latest beta version (13.7) of the app, Google has made significant changes to enhance the user experience. Instead of the traditional full keyboard layout, they have opted for a simpler and more streamlined design.
A Sleek and Efficient Toolbar
The key update revolves around a sleek, pill-shaped toolbar option that will appear when users activate the Google Assistant voice typing feature. Google claims that this new user interface will allow users to "See more of your screen when voice typing."
The primary purpose of this toolbar is to provide users with an unobstructed view of their screen while typing with their voice. It is designed to be small and efficient, displaying only essential options without taking up excessive space.
Convenient Features at Your Fingertips
The toolbar offers several convenient features that enhance the voice typing experience. Users can quickly change settings, utilize voice commands, switch to emojis, and access their clipboard. Furthermore, the toolbar is flexible, allowing users to move it around the screen according to their preference, even vertically, which adds to its versatility for various tasks and personal comfort.
Additionally, users will still receive text suggestions near the typing area, making it easy to type and edit efficiently. And for those occasions when a full keyboard is required, it is just a tap away.
Availability and Future Prospects
Currently, this new toolbar feature is exclusively available on one Pixel Tablet with Android 14 QPR1. However, it is not yet accessible on other devices like the Pixel Fold.
While it remains uncertain whether Google plans to extend this feature to additional devices, such as Pixel phones, it is evident that this innovative approach to voice typing holds great potential. Google previously hinted at a similar feature for phones last year, indicating that this new method of voice typing may not be limited to tablets alone.