Google's Gboard smart keyboard has new key updates

Google's smart keyboard for iOS now includes access to two of the firm's most used apps.

Users can directly access YouTube and Google Maps, as well as a new Ink feature, through the Gboard interface.

This means that you can share your location with friends, search and watch videos, and create doodles with a push of a button.

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Google's smart keyboard for iOS now includes access to two of the firm's most used apps. Users can directly access YouTube (right) and Google Maps (left), as well as a new Ink feature (centre), through the Gboard interface

Google's smart keyboard for iOS now includes access to two of the firm's most used apps. Users can directly access YouTube (right) and Google Maps (left), as well as a new Ink feature (centre), through the Gboard interface

HOW TO ACCESS THE NEW FEATURES 

To access the new features, make sure you have the 1.8.0 version of Gboard for iOS. 

You then need to tap the 'G' google search button.

The Maps option will let you share your current location or a local address with friends and family.

You’ll also see a new YouTube tab that makes it easier to send YouTube videos.

And for budding artists, you can also use the new Ink feature to draw and share your creations right from the keyboard. 

Just tap on the emoji button followed by the pen icon to start drawing. 

Google released the new functions as part of the 1.8.0 version of the software.

To access them, iPhone and iPad fans will need to make sure they have update to this version, via automatic updates or by visiting the App store manually.

They then need to tap the 'G' google search button.

The Maps option will let you share your current location or a local address with friends and family.

You’ll also see a new YouTube tab that makes it easier to send YouTube videos.

And for budding artists, you can also use the new Ink feature to draw and share your creations right from the keyboard. 

Just tap on the emoji button followed by the pen icon to start drawing. 

Writing on a blog, a Google spokesman said: 'To all the Gboard fans out there, we’re adding some clutch additions to your favourite keyboard companion. 

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