Gboard’s New Google Assistant-Powered Voice Typing Feature Being Retired – Report
Google is rolling out Gboard’s enhanced voice typing feature from its Pixel devices, according to reports. The company had recently released a Gboard update for some Pixel users that allowed them to enable enhanced voice typing with voice commands using the Google Assistant. But the feature will reportedly be removed. Google is said to be reverting to the previous voice typing settings after a very short run with enhanced voice typing.
A report by 9to5Google indicates that enhanced typing feature will be removed on Pixel phones many users who had reported seeing the feature before said they could no longer access it. Improved voice typing using Google Assistant was available as an option in Gboard for Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 users. However, it had not been implemented for all users.
After Google was seen testing the feature a few months ago, it started unfolding to a limited number of users this week. The update allowed users to enable enhanced voice typing with voice commands provided by the Google Assistant. A new!’ The banner appeared on Gboard after tapping on the microphone icon, which said users could ‘Save time typing’ using the Google Assistant feature.
For example, users can use this feature to say “Clear” to delete text, instead of manually using the backspace key. They could also say “Send” to send a message, instead of clicking the button.
In addition to the improved voice typing, an automatic scoring option was also implemented for users in the update. When enabled, it automatically adds punctuation such as commas, question marks, and exclamation marks while taking dictation. It is not clear if this feature has also been removed.
It’s possible that Google will re-implement the improved voice typing feature, this time to a wider audience, after addressing certain issues that may have come up with the feature.