Google’s Gboard gets Incognito Mode in Marshmallow and Nougat smartphones

The new beta version of the Gboard brings in a few new improvements to better the User Experience

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Highlights

    • The Gboard will now let you use the incognito mode in Marshmallow and Nougat
    • This is the version 6.4 beta of the Gboard
    • Google has added a GIF option under the keyboard’s search field

Google has recently released a new beta version of its keyboard application, Gboard 6.4 Beta. This new update will let users of the application on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Android 7.0 Nougat operating systems utilise Gboard’s Incognito feature. This feature was showcased by Google along with the Android O Developer Preview. This feature was previously only exclusive to the Android O developer Preview.

Gboard Incognito

What does the Gboard Incognito Mode do?

Just like the Incognito Mode in the Google Chrome browser, this mode stops Google from recording your keystrokes. Google records what you type to better its user interface through machine learning. The company had previously given a statement where they said that they record user input to determine common mistakes users make while typing, and likeliness of a person to write certain words.

How to activate the app?

First, you have to update the app through the Google Play beta program or via downloading the APK files. After which you will need to upgrade your Chrome Browser to version 59. When you have done all of this you just now need to open the incognito tab and start typing.

What else can you do on the new Gboard

While the main highlight of Gboard 6.4 beta is the Incognito Mode, it brings a lot more to the table. People can now customise the Gboard to their liking from the theme page of the applications settings, Moreover, the users will now see a grid display instead of the carousel for theming the keyboard.The Show More option has also moved to the bottom of every theme option.

Google has also added a GIF option under the keyboard’s search field. In the previous beta version that the company released, the GIF results were combined with other results making it a bit difficult for us to access them but now the search giant goes straight to the GIF results when pressed. However, you need to keep in mind that due to this being a beta version of the app the company will be making changes to it and some features might be introduced or removed to release the stable version of the app.