Gboard 9.7 prepares new Google Assistant support, smart completions, and undo auto-correct on backspace

Gboard 9.7 prepares new Google Assistant support, smart completions, and undo auto-correct on backspace

Google’s Gboard is among the most popular keyboard apps and is constantly getting updates with new features. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen Gboard prepare a Google Lens shortcut, system-abiding dark/light themes, and Google Assistant dictation support, add an emoji shortcut bar, image pasting, smart reply suggestions, and even add support for Android 11 emojis. Now, Gboard appears to be preparing to include an Ask Assistant button for the new Google Assistant, smart completion settings, and the ability to undo auto-correct on backspace.

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

Gboard v9.7.03 beta

We’ve spotted the following new features in Gboard v9.7.03 beta that has just begun rolling out:

Ask Assistant Button for the new Google Assistant

<string name="nga_ask_assistant_button_description">Ask Assistant Button</string>
<string name="nga_ask_assistant_text">Ask Assistant</string>

While this string might look like the keyboard is just seemingly adding in a dedicated button for summoning Assistant, it is actually referring to the New Google Assistant (hence the “nga” in the string name), which is what the on-device, revamped Google Assistant is referred to, as found on the Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a.

Smart Completion through Gboard

<string name="setting_enable_inline_suggestion_title">Smart completions</string>

This string is likely referring to the settings for the Smart Completions feature that was previously detailed.

Undo Auto-Correct on Backspace

<string name="setting_enable_ac_revert_summary">Return to original text when backspacing after an autocorrection</string>
<string name="setting_enable_ac_revert_title">Undo auto-correct on backspace</string>

This feature would help in reverting back to an unnecessary auto-correction, by simply undoing the auto-correct with a single backspace, instead of needing to go back and retype the word. Since the string appears within the setting sub-class, it will likely be a feature that you can toggle.

Gboard - the Google Keyboard
Gboard - the Google Keyboard

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).