Gboard, Google Assistant Implements Enhanced Voice Typing Feature – Report
Google’s Pixel phones are getting an ‘improved voice typing’ feature, according to a report. This update to Gboard will allow users to enable enhanced voice typing with voice commands provided by the Google Assistant. In addition to improved voice typing, users can also choose to add automatic scores with the update. The improved voice typing feature is rolling out for Pixel devices including the recently released Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 gradually.
According to a report from 9to5Google, some users have started to receive the improved voice typing feature in Gboard. When you open Gboard and tap the microphone icon, the message “New!” banner that says you can ‘Save time typing’ by using the Google Assistant features. For example, you can say “Clear” to delete text, instead of manually using the backspace key. On top of that, users will also be able to say “Send” to send a message, instead of clicking the button.
The function was detected by Google a couple of months ago, and now it looks like it’s rolling out to more users. More than just speech to text, this is a hands-free system for typing and entering commands.
In the Voice typing menu in the Gboard settings, there is a new option called ‘Enhanced Voice Typing’, which can be enabled. There is also an ‘Automatic Punctuation’ option, which will automatically add punctuation marks such as commas, question marks and exclamation marks while dictating, when enabled. Previously, users had to manually instruct the Google Assistant to add specific scores.
Enhanced voice typing feature in Gboard with Google Assistant is rolling out for Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 users, although it is not yet available for all eligible devices.