About APK Insight: In this APK Insight post, we have decompiled the latest version of an application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. If we decompile these files (called APKs in the case of Android apps), we can see different lines of code within this hint to possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features and our interpretation of what they are may not be perfect. However, we will try to enable those that are nearing completion to show you what they will look like should they ship. With that in mind, read on.
Right now, tapping the chevron icon in the top-left corner will slide out various tools, layouts, and shortcuts. The list today includes: Settings, Theme, Text Editing, Clipboard, GIF, Floating, One-Handed, Translate, Share and Sticker. There are those too Split keyboard on foldable devices (but no tablets).
Gboard 12.1 launches today in the Beta Channel, revealing work on a material you’ve redesigned for this bar Friend of the site RKBDI has been activated successfully. The corner button is still a circle but now uses a 3×3 grid icon.
Meanwhile, the shortcuts (or “access point” elements as they’re called) are now housed in rounded rectangles, very reminiscent of them Material (MD3) chips. It’s not too different from the Assistant’s voice input UI on Pixel phones (as seen in the cover image above). The background of each element is lighter than the keyboard, which is more pronounced in colorful themes.
You can now have another shortcut in the bar for a total of five, although Gboard is working on giving users the ability to customize the number of shortcuts shown if they really only need one or two. However, the new maximum is due to Gboard removing the three-dot/overflow on the right and using the existing corner button for input.
Google redesigned this view with a more compact grid that is no longer centered. It allows for more features to be easily added in the future, while the text editing layout gets its own Material You modernization with rounded corners for each button.
Another material you update is the settings. The main list is growing while MD3 toggles are now used throughout.
It’s not clear when Gboard will broadly roll out the Material You bar and other design changes.
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