Google recently rolled out Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to the supported Nexus and Pixel devices. One of the key features that came along with the update was the support for GIF images directly from the keyboard. Although Google already provided support for GIF images from its Gboard keyboard app on iOS, this feature was absent on Android devices till the latest update. Now the feature can be used on even more devices as Gboard app has finally made its way to other Android devices as well, as an update to the Google Keyboard app.
Ironically, the search giant's well-received Gboard keyboard app was exclusive to iOS and absent from its own mobile platform till now. Now, Gboard has come to Android as version 6.0 update to Google Keyboard app. Along with the name change, Gboard brings along the G button for quick search from the keyboard. When the G button is disabled, you will see a pop-out toolbar for access to themes, settings, and one-handed mode.
The GIF button is always visible but is disabled in apps that don't support the feature. Other features on Gboard include Glide typing, emoji search, optional dedicated number row, and more. Gboard comes with support for multiple languages and users can choose up to three active languages with preference for one.
Like most updates, Google is expected to roll out the v6.0 update for Google Keyboard app in phases over the next few days via Google Play. However, if you are too impatient to try out the new Gboard keyboard from Google, you can sideload the APK installation file via APK Mirror.