Gboard beta for Android gets a new update, introducing an Incognito mode

Gboard is a virtual keyboard developed by Google that was released in 2016. While you might think that the firm would release it for its own Android platform first, in an odd twist, it actually made its debut on iOS. That was in May of 2016, but Google would eventually release it for Android just over seven months later and it would become an extremely popular option for the platform.

The beta version of Gboard has now been updated, meaning those that are enrolled in the beta program should start receiving the update relatively soon - offering a new look, an Incognito mode, and more. When it comes to new looks, there are new icons scattered throughout, along with a slightly redone toolbar with a new GIF button. Google has also introduced a minor update on the "themes" page that will show all of the available options in a grid, with a "show more" option that will allow more choices to be revealed when selected.

Last, but certainly not least, the new Incognito mode will be directly available for the keyboard, meaning that anything typed will not be stored in its history. While this mode had already existed when used with Android O, the update brings this capability to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later. Currently, this feature only appears to be working with Chrome, but it could branch out to other areas sometime in the future.

If curious and fancy trying out the new beta for yourself, be sure to signup for the program by navigating to Gboard on the Google Play Store and scrolling to the bottom area that will allow you to enroll to become a beta tester. Once you are enrolled, you'll be able to download the latest version, 6.4, and try out the features mentioned above.

Source: Android Authority | Image via Google

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