If you use the Google Keyboard on your iOS device, Google wants you to ‘feel the keys’ in the latest update. Every key press will be rewarded with a haptic response if you choose to enable the feature.
Not everyone likes vibration feedback when they type, but for those that do, Google just updated its Gboard keyboard for iOS with full support for haptic feedback.
As 9To5Google reports, version 1.40 of the Gboard for iOS adds haptic feedback on key press to the typing experience. What that means is, Google has taken full advantage of the Taptic Engine iPhones use to respond with vibration feedback when tapping the screen. As long as you have an iPhone 7 or later, this new feature will work on your handset.
To enable haptic feedback, simply navigate into the Keyboard settings menu and turn it on. After that, it doesn’t matter which key you press on the Gboard, there will be vibration feedback. Gboard also allows you to access Maps, Search, and YouTube without switching to another app and haptic feedback is present for those options, too.
Version 1.40 of Gboard is also welcome because Google has optimized the assets it uses meaning overall the size of the app is smaller. There’s also support added for Lao and Mongolian language options, bringing the Gboard to an even wider audience around the world. Another cool feature Gboard already had related to that was the ability to type in multiple languages without needing to change the default language option.
By embracing full haptic feedback support, Google now stands out from the crowd on iOS. The default iOS keyboard only has limited support, as do other free keyboards such as Microsoft’s SwiftKey. So before today, getting full haptic feedback required you to purchase a keyboard app with support advertised.