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Google Keyboard 3.0 Released, Adds Personalized Suggestions From Other Google Apps

Google just pushed an update to Google Keyboard this morning, jumping the version up to 3.0.19373 from version 2.0. The update introduces a couple of tweaks, like an “ABC” button to get back to the keyboard from the emoji tab and a new Settings icon when long-pressing the mic button.

The big update here, though, is new Personalized Suggestions. Upon first loading the keyboard, I was prompted with a line that read “Personalization is on. Touch for info.” Once touched, a pop-up explained that the Google Keyboard uses data from other Google apps and services to improve suggestions and corrections. It also made it clear that this info is only stored on the device. 

Since the option is turned on initially, you’ll need to turn it off if you don’t want Google capturing your keyboard info as you use their suite of apps. You can do that through Settings (long-press the mic button), followed by an uncheck of the box next to “Personalized Suggestions.”

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  • kolson76

    Why can’t I turn on key pop animations on my Nexus 7?

  • Matthew Ross

    Now if only they would shrink the keyboard or make it shrink based on DPI and I might use it…

  • Keg Man

    love swype but needs more customization. its like they dont want to improve on it.

  • Sanchez19

    I want to love this keyboard, but after about a month or so, it seems to just not work very well for me. The lag is insane, but that goes for almost every keyboard I’ve used, save Fleksy. I’m going to try Minuum next month and probably give the updated GK another try the following month. Fleksy is great for speed, accuracy, and responsiveness (I can keep up with my iP**** friends easily), but entering anything besides alphabetical letters becomes painful and confusing. I wonder when the perfect keyboard will be made… SwiftKey was my main driver for a long while, but the past couple of updates have made it super laggy and I never bother with next-word predictions because I know what I want to type and I’m usually already typing it before I bother to look at the suggested words. I’m hoping Google Keyboard will end up being my favorite someday.

  • Here an app for user dictionary personalization, 100% compatible with Google Keyboard (and others)
    It has also WhatsApp Personalization (and obviously Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, SMS)


  • Kevin Lauscher

    I wish the personal dictionary (scraped from twitter, gmail and words I add to dictionary ) tied to my google account would be stored in the cloud and synced with every device I currently own and future own.

    • I agree! This is my number one feature request.

  • Chippah

    After years of going back from Swype, Google, swiftkey, I went with Touchpal x.

    a Great friggin keyboard suckas!

    No need to a top number row and now annoying long presses for numbers either.
    just flick up.

  • AbbyZFresh

    By the next update the data will be sold to advertisers.

  • mfr118

    keep getting a parsing error when trying to download and install

    • Blue Sun

      I am too (both times I attempted to download).

      • mfr118


        • Are you guys on 4.4? Sometimes they have different packages for different android versions…

          • mfr118


          • Blue Sun

            Same. Tried again around 10 PM PT & the install succeeded.

  • KB Smoka

    Is there any reason why this keyboard lacks the ability have long press options for punctuation? It’s the only thing I hate about it.

    • JSo

      Long press the period button

      • KB Smoka

        Well goddamn.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i was just thinking isn’t it wednesday? updates and DL show.

  • Sean Walton

    Unrelated but I just got an update on my Moto X for the Motorola Gallery. It’s live in the Play Store.

    • 213ninja

      never fails.

      • Sean Walton

        That’s what I figured.


  • JSo

    I dont think I can use any other keyboard other than the Google Keyboard. It just looks and feels great. And yes, I have tried many other keyboards.

    • Cowboydroid

      The swipe input really lacks intelligence, and the suggestions are terrible. The process of correcting a word that it predicted incorrectly is painful. Hopefully these have been improved.

      Swype is only marginally better, but it has too much lag.

      • JSo

        There are maybe only a few words that I have learned to be a little more precise when swiping. Its not that bad. But along with swiping, I also use voice typing quite a bit which is really good on this keyboard.

      • miri

        Though the suggestions could be better (this update should fix them) I’ve always found Google’s correction to be particularly good and Swiftkey/Swype’s to be kind of awkward.

      • michael arazan

        All the suggestions are terrible, the only reason I still use swift is because the numerals and grammar keys are on the letters, even though it lags a lot to start up on everything, and it predicts half the words I want to use, google’s keyboard somehow got worse in predictability

      • Swype has become absolutely unusable because of the lag. The android keyboard has replaced it pretty well, though I’d prefer if it added some of the gestures that Swype had (and also a tool keyboard with keys to select text, jump to the end of the line, etc)

    • Shawn Pourhosseini

      Ive used Swiftkey for the last few years and its been handsdown the best.. at first it makes errors but once it learns your typing style and word usage it just keeps getting better and better

    • Brian Sayatovic

      All I want is a keyboard that offers a 10-key numeric input mode (which is the main reason I use SwiftKey)

      • massysett

        Swype also has this, you drag from the swype icon button to the “5” button (which is on top of a letter; can’t remember which one right now) and then the keyboard changes over to keypad.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Is the option to switch between a blue and white theme part of the latest update, or was it there in pre-3.0 versions as well? Already updated so unsure if this is new or not, since the changelog on Play doesn’t currently talk of things like personalized settings.

    Edit: never mind, it was there in 2.0. 😀

    • Jordan Webb

      It was there before.

  • Intellectua1

    I’ve been running SwiftKey for awhile now and with all the themes and good next word prediction I don’t see myself switching anytime soon..

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I keep going back to Swift Key.

    • jnt

      Same here – the autocorrect and cloud sync and linking in to gmail, etc., all makes it super intuitive.

  • Hunter

    you guys should do a poll on what type of keyboard we use

  • crazed_z06

    Wish they’d add a dedicated number row to this keyboard. Then it’d be perfect.

    • 213ninja

      i agree, it could be a toggle in the settings so that those of us who want it, can have it…it’s the only thing keeping me on the Samsung keyboard on my Note 2 really…when i type on my tablet and other phones it makes me realize even more how awesome and clutch that damn number row is.

      • crazed_z06

        Yup.. it should be an option. . I back and forth between the Samsung and Google keyboards. I like the number row on the Samsung but the auto correct is terrible .. way too aggressive

        • Kevin

          same thing for my G2, layout is great, correcting sucks.

        • 213ninja


      • Rich

        You should check out SwiftKey Beta. It has the option to add a dedicated number row. It may not be perfect, but I like it better than the Samsung keyboard on my Note 3. http://www.swiftkey.net/en/blog/new-swiftkey-beta-update-march2014/

        • 213ninja

          i tried Swiftkey Beta and couldn’t quite get comfortable with it. Ran it for almost a month until it expired and switched back to Samsung. i think it had to do with the placement of the backspace/delete if i recall….Thank you tho.

    • JSo

      Well they did add the long press to the top row for numbers a while back. Better than nothing.

    • Kieron Quinn
      • crazed_z06


        • Kieron Quinn


          Exactly the same but with “Google Keyboard” rather than “Android Keyboard”

          • crazed_z06

            MIND BLOWN… I regret that I have only one upvote to give…

          • Great tip. So small on my Note 2 though lol.

        • Daniel Maginnis

          I think its only on tablets

          • nside1

            No, phones too but the keys are small.

          • 213ninja

            i wonder how it looks on a Note 3?

          • Stephen D

            Not good. They keys are too small and compressed.

  • John
  • jwildman16

    Finally! I’ve been using Swiftkey because predictions are way, way better. Gonna have to give this update a try.

  • brkshr

    I need better swipe prediction to switch back to this. So far nothing can beat Swype in this area.

    Edit: That and Google won’t let me swipe curse words

    • Higher_Ground

      if I could find a way to get swype to type “for” without suggesting “fur” or “fit” every damn time I would be happy. Likewise I get “:/” all the time when I’m trying to get “in”. I like swype, but it doesn’t seem to be all that accurate to me anymore. Maybe it’s because I’m flashing roms more often and it doesn’t build up the word base, but I do appreciate the editing keyboard it offers.

      • brkshr

        I noticed the “for” thing after the last update. Hopefully it’s something that gets fixed in the next update.

      • jim

        So very true and so very frustrating to this Swype user. Stock rom (not rooted ) Note 3.

    • Taco Monster

      You could always swipe cuss words by adding them to your personal dictionary.

      • brkshr

        I did add them to the dictionary. It still wouldn’t let me swipe them (edit: they would always be in the expanded words list, which is too much effort for words I use commonly). This update is letting me swipe them, so that works for me.

  • markgbe


  • SwiftKey has been getting slower and with worse predictions lately, I may give Google Keyboard another go now.

    • mustbepbs

      That’s the only reason I use Google Keyboard: SwiftKey takes literally 3-5 seconds to even show up sometimes, especially in Chrome. It’s awful.

      • Simon Belmont

        Really? Weird.

        Shows up instantly for me in every app. Every time.

        • mustbepbs

          Not saying you’re lying..but..

          You’re lying.