Google keyboard, the stock Android keyboard that Google has made available on the Play Store for anyone to download, got a decent sized update today. This update, 3.0.19373, jumps all the way from version 2.0 and bring with it some pretty hefty new features. The biggest of these features allows the application to track your personal usage from all of the other Google applications to improve your keyboard experience.
When you first update the application and open up something that calls for the keyboard, you will be prompted with a pop-up that explains everything about the new feature. From there, you can exit out of the notice or go into your settings and turn the feature off if you do not want Google tracking your keyboard usage. This feature is automatically turned on just so you know ahead of time.
In addition to this behind the scenes feature, the keyboard received several aesthetic changes as well. The first of these is a new “ABC” button which appears when you enter into the emoji section of the keyboard. The second new addition is a new icon image for settings when long pressing the microphone button.
Make sure to either download this from the Play Store or download the .apk directly if you do not want to wait for the rolling update!