INTRO: Having just added support for Andriod 11’s Emoji 13.0 characters, Google’s Gboard app is apparently prepping some more changes. The app might soon get a toggle to follow the system default theme, also as Google Lens integration. The impending changes were discovered by 9to5Google following an APK teardown of Gboard 9.6 beta that started rolling out in the week.
Gboard brought the ‘Default Light’ theme with version 9.3, and now a replacement ‘Default Dark’ theme and a ‘System Auto’ theme are ready to hitch the party. The former one display comes with a dark background and darker keys. The further report describes it as “a counterpart to the Default Light (theme)”. The second one, meanwhile, follows the system theme. Do note that the features are yet to travel sleep in the Gboard app. Once they’re available, you’ll be able to choose your option from the ‘Theme’ menu.
Another notable change is the integration of Google Lens. Apparently, code found within v9.6 of the app suggests that Gboard might get a fanatical button to launch Google Lens. As are often seen from the shortcuts bar below, it also features a Google Assistant button. However, work on that has reportedly been going on for the best part of a year, with nothing much to report thus far.
Last, but definitely not the smallest amount , Google is additionally prepping to exchange the Roboto typeface in Gboard with its own Google Sans.
As with all of these new features dug up through APK teardowns on the websites, However, there’s no guarantee that any of them will ever make it to a release candidate. However, given that these features will be fairly helpful, let’s hope that they will make it to the app eventually.