Google keyboard update comes with cloud synced personalized suggestion

Google has rolled out an update to its own keyboard app on Android in the Play Store, the update is significant in that it now comes with personalized word suggestion synced from the cloud from other Google services. Not to be confused with the "personal dictionary", this adds another scope to the experience by syncing personal auto suggested (saved) words from Chrome browser, Gmail, Calendar, Google+, and Drive.

After applying the update, the user is given a prominent warning of the new feature, perhaps saving embarrassment for synced unsavory words used in the other Google products, and also because it is enabled by default.

This update will also be applied OTA for KitKat 4.4 users, the keyboard also features 4.4 only options but can be installed on Android 4.0 or later, full description of the update is below. 

Description

Google Keyboard makes text input smart and easy. Glide through letters with Gesture Typing – just lift to finish a word, no spacebar required. Compose notes on-the-go with Voice Typing. With amazing word recognition and next-word prediction, Google Keyboard helps you type faster and more accurately on all your Android devices. When you can’t find the right thing to say, don’t write at all, the new Google Keyboard supports hundreds of emojis so you can express yourself in any Android app (KitKat or later).
Key features:

  • Emoji entry point and layouts (Android 4.4, KitKat or later)
  • Gesture Typing with dynamic floating preview
  • Space aware Gesture Typing (no need to lift your finger while typing - just gesture through the space key)
  • Voice Typing
  • Next-word suggestions and current-word completions
  • Dictionaries for 26 languages
  • Advanced keyboard layouts
  • Works across your Android devices (tablets and phones)

Source: Play Store via Ubergizmo

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Emoji entry point and layouts (Android 4.4, KitKat or later)

What does this mean? How do I get to the emoji?

there's no 'enter' or 'return' key!?
am i the only one that uses that so the lines aren't run together?
(like this, i hit enter after !?)

I use Swiftkey and this option is included (like mentioned already). I think instead of relying entirely on cloud suggestions, it uses a local database which syncs with the cloud. No lag this way since suggestions are still local, just synced often.
Also, this is used for dictionaries, corrections and such, it doesn't "log" everything you do sends it over to Google.

MidnightDevil said,
I use Swiftkey and this option is included (like mentioned already). I think instead of relying entirely on cloud suggestions, it uses a local database which syncs with the cloud. No lag this way since suggestions are still local, just synced often.
Also, this is used for dictionaries, corrections and such, it doesn't "log" everything you do sends it over to Google.

Yes. It's very helpful when one's mobile ecosystem contains 2 or more devices. Words added to the dictionary on one device syncs to all devices via the cloud account. This is great when it comes to typing names. This is one of the great conveniences of Swiftkey and I am glad this is going to be fully implemented for Google Keyboard....if it hasn't been already.

-adrian- said,
is swiftkey optional or is it shipped with Android

Option but the feature is applied by default like Google. You can always disable it on both.

The Google KB is also an option. You can use the default built in KB if you want but the Google KB is a additional download.

Edited by techbeck, Mar 20 2014, 1:04pm :

Instead of hyping up cloud services, they could have simply added an option to enable numerical row above alphabets. That would give us phablet owners a true 5 row keyboard. We have to rely on hacked/ported LG and Samsung keyboards for this.

More info grabbing tools... they want to know the info you put on other sites as well. I give this 8 months before the bury it in the app graveyard

benjimoola said,
More info grabbing tools... they want to know the info you put on other sites as well. I give this 8 months before the bury it in the app graveyard

Isn't all predictive / suggestive smart phone apps (independent of MS/Google/Apple/3rd party) have this potential.

If the argument is to not use any keyboard with these features I can see that from a possible security standpoint, however I do think most of the apps only uses non-user specific identifiable data, unless it states / allows options for more precise results in exchange for said information.

Torolol said,

but certainly nice for google to keylogs any typed passwords

Right, because it's Google, SwiftKey doesn't do that, no freakin' way. /s

Torolol said,
how laggy this onlne-keyboard can be?
but certainly nice for google to keylogs any typed passwords

Misplace your foil hat? Or just trying to be funny?

Torolol said,
how laggy this onlne-keyboard can be?
but certainly nice for google to keylogs any typed passwords

LOL. #SuperJealousMuch

Torolol said,
how laggy this onlne-keyboard can be?
but certainly nice for google to keylogs any typed passwords

On Android there are many ways to 'keylog' without using any specific keyboard. The OS hooks are easily accessible to any developer.