Google's keyboard app for iPhone adds helpful new features

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Google’s Gboard application is getting a major upgrade, incorporating two of the tech giant’s other products into the add-on keyboard to make messaging even easier

Rolling out now for iOS, Gboard is adding support for Google Maps and YouTube, alongside the ability to make your own in-app drawings to spice up conversations.

By hitting the Google Maps tab on the Gboard toolbar, users can now send their location or share an address instantly. Similar goes for YouTube functionality, which allows users to search videos right within Gboard, expediting the time it takes to find that hot new trailer without leaving the chat.

Drawing on Gboard can now be found next to the keyboard’s GIF and emoji tabs, allowing users to sketch out doodles to send to their friends — you know, should emojis not fully express your feelings or you need to show someone a very specific, hard-to-describe pattern for some reason.

Gboard’s latest tricks are available now for iPhone users via the App Store. We’ve contacted Google to learn if it has plans to bring Maps, YouTube and doodles to Android users soon, and will update this story as we learn more.

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