Gboard v7.5 prepares clipboard integration, hotkey shortcuts for Chrome OS, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest update of Gboard landed a couple of days ago with packages of labels "Minis", a feature originally developed for Allo Messenger. However, as the story often goes with Gboard, there is still more to do with a disassembly. There are the first tips on the integration of the clipboard and some kind of support for hot keys for Chrome OS. The tracking is also here for a floating keyboard previously detected and the Morse code entry introduced earlier this year.


Disclaimer: The disassemblies are based on evidence found within the apk (Android application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. It is possible that the assumptions made here are erroneous or inaccurate. Even when the predictions are correct, there is always the possibility that the products change or cancel. Like the rumors, nothing is certain until it has been officially announced and published.

The features described below are probably not yet live, or can only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, do not expect to see these features if you install the apk. All screenshots and images are true unless otherwise indicated, and the images are only modified to delete personal information.

Clipboard Viewer / Manager

It has always seemed strange to me that software keyboards do not usually interact with the clipboard, but now there are indications that Google might be trying to do something like this. The latest update includes a couple of vague clues that some sort of integration with the clipboard is in process.

< string name = " id_access_point_clipboard " > clipboard </ string > [19659011]

The "access point" in the name refers to the screen where the clipboard button will exist, shares the same position with other functions such as text editing tools and single-mode hand, and can be rearranged to appear in the toolbar at the top. To go with the text line (and a matching matrix entry, not included), there is also an icon that will look like this when the function is activated.

Unfortunately, there is not much to see in terms of functionality. I can only guess what we will see, but I have the feeling that this will be a fairly traditional clipboard manager with a history of recent clips that can be immediately pasted into the current text field.

Gboard + Chrome OS: Shortcut keys

Google announced that Gboard will make its way to Chrome OS later this year. In fact, the anticipated timeline has this to happen next month. I can not say if the original term is still intact, but it seems that one of the first new features may be sneaking into this update.

Added a small batch of new lines that explains that users can assign behaviors to a key combination: basically, create keyboard shortcuts.

< string name = " key_combo_preference_instructions " > Press a combination switch to add or remove it from the list < / string >
< string name = " key_combo_preference_alt_plus " > ALT + </ string >
< string name [19659008] = " key_combo_preference_control_plus " [19659010]> CTRL + </ string >
< string name = " key_combo_preference_shift_plus " > SHIFT + </ string > [19659011]
< string name = " key_combo_preference_reset_button " > Delete key assignment </ string >

There is no text to explain what types of shortcuts or behaviors can be assigned, or if the key combos allow multiple modifiers (for example, CTRL + SHIFT + key). These few lines also do not reveal whether these shortcuts are to launch applications, activate functions within applications, or simply a way to assign some of the predefined system functions to preferred key combinations.

Tracking: Floating Keyboard

In the last disassembly of Gboard, we had a brief section on the next floating keyboard mode. Now there is a little more activity, although basically it does not reveal anything new. These are the new chains:

< string name = " label_floating_keyboard_access_point " > Floating </ string ]>
< string name = " floating_keyboard_access_point_content_desc " > Floating mode </ string >
< string name = " pref_key_floating_mode_keyboard_custom_size " > floating_mode_keyboard_custom_size </ string >
< string name = " pref_key_floating_mode_keyboard_x_position_proportion " > floating_mode_keyboard_x_position_proportion </ string >
< string name = " pref_key_floating_mode_keyboard_y_position_proportion " > floating_mode_keyboard_y_position_proportion </ string >

And a little more interesting, there are some new images. The first two are a toggle for the access point screen (described above).

The keyboard will be drawn with a handle to drag it across the screen and cast a shadow on what it is covering.

External hardware for Morse code

A new Morse code entry mode received some attention during Google I / O in May, but in addition to adding a miniaturized version, there have not been many changes. However, Google is adding support for external switches to directly control the Morse keyboard.

< string name = " pref_key_morse_dash_key_assignment_title " > Access to the dashboard switch </ string >
< string name = " pref_key_morse_dash_key_assignment_summary " > [19659011] Control the keyboard Morse with external switches. This is where the switches are assigned to the key function of the dashboard </ string >
< string name = ] " pref_key_morse_dot_key_assignment_title " > Access to the point switch </ string >
< string [19659007] name = " pref_key_morse_dot_key_assignment_summary " > Control the Morse keyboard with external switches. This is where you assign switches to the dot key function </ string >
< string name = " pref_key_morse_dot_key_assignment " > pref_key_morse_dot_key_assignment </ string >
< string name ] = " pref_key_morse_dash_key_assignment " > pref_key_morse_dash_key_assignment </ string >

Obviously, this is not significant for most of us, but for disabled users who lack the dexterity to operate the on-screen keyboard, this is probably a great improvement in their lives and their ability to communicate.

GIF filtering [19659005] It's a small detail, but Gboard now has an internal configuration for a filter that will remove GIFs from the search: it will remove everything that may be inappropriate for younger users. I am not sure if this will become an appropriate configuration in Gboard, but it would be nice to have the same option to control the GIF filtering that we have to block offensive words.

< bool name [19659008] = " enable_gif_racy_filter " > false </ bool > [19659011]


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  Gboard: the Google keyboard
  Gboard: the Google keyboard

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