Gboard version 6.2 is now rolling out in the Google Play Store and the update is finally bringing support for features that users have been wanting for ages: cursor control, cut/copy/paste buttons, and more adjustable keyboard dimension controls. XDA-Developers performed an APK teardown of the latest update and have found evidence that the Gboard app may soon provide standalone handwriting support without the need for the Google Handwriting Input app.
Cursor Control and Text Editing Buttons
The Gboard update to version 6.2 brings the much-awaited keyboard cursor as well as cut/copy/paste buttons, and more. When your keyboard displays in any text field and you press the Google logo on the Gboard app, there’s a new icon in the middle of the top row that looks like the text input cursor with two arrows to its sides. Tap this button and you should now see a new screen with a bunch of neat additions to the keyboard. You now have keyboard cursors allowing you to go left, right, up, or down in the input field. There’s also a select all button, two keys to navigate to the beginning or end of a text input field, your typical backspace key, and a paste key. Once you highlight some text, select all turns into cut and the copy button can be selected.
Apart from these major feature additions to the popular Gboard app, there’s also new features to further customize the size and position of the keyboard. When you open up the menu that allows you to move the keyboard to the left/right side of the screen, there’s a new button at the bottom that allows you to adjust the size of the keyboard or move it to any area where the keyboard is currently shown when at maximum size. The middle cursor can be dragged to move the position of the keyboard while the four rectangles on the corners can be dragged to expand or shrink the size of the keyboard. Once you’ve found a position that you like, you can press the check mark to have the keyboard sit at that position, until you reset it using the expand button.