Gboard beta for Android gets a new update, introducing an Incognito mode

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 15, 2017

The incognito mode was already available on devices running the beta version of Android O developer preview. The mode is readily identifiable by its dark grey background which, again, mirrors the one you'd find when in Incognito Mode using Chrome browser.

The latest beta of Gboard for Android is beginning to roll out this evening with one new major feature and several minor visual redesigns. Google had earlier explained in a blog post that it is recording user input in order to determine what are the usual mistakes made by the users while typing on their keyboards.

Gboard's incognito mode first made its appearance in Android O on Chrome Dev, but it later showed up in Chrome 59 stable as well. Currently, this feature only appears to be working with Chrome, but it could branch out to other areas sometime in the future.

Finally, Google gave the Theme page in settings a small uplift, with the page no longer separating Custom, Recently used, Colors, and Landscapes.

If curious and fancy trying out the new beta for yourself, be sure to signup for the program by navigating to Gboard on the Google Play Store and scrolling to the bottom area that will allow you to enroll to become a beta tester.

Moreover, Google has added a GIF option right below the keyboard's search field.

The feature is available in Google Keep v3.4.803.02, which should be rolling out to users as we speak. If you prefer to go the official route, you'll have to join the official beta program then wait for the update to happen on your device.

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