Gboard, Google’s iOS and Android keyboard app, has quietly updated its design by moving its GIF-making button up next to the word suggestion bar. The GIF-making feature has been around since last September, but it was hidden behind the emoji button on the bottom.
Simply fire up the Make-a-GIF button and record a Loop, which is a three-second Boomerang-like format. Or a Fast-Forward that lets you record up to a minute of footage and spits out a sped-up GIF. While we can confirm the button’s new placement on iOS, as you can see below, we don’t see it on Android yet. (Take note, however, that we only saw the button’s new placement when we re-installed the keyboard.) Gboard’s app store pages don’t have notes about the update either, so you’ll simply have to check it every now and then.
Recording and making your own GIFs isn’t new — you can easily turn your live photos into GIFs through Google’s excellent Motion Stills app — but placing the feature so prominently on the keyboard means you might be seeing your friends’ moving faces way more often.
It looks like the update hasn’t made its way to the Android app yet, but the feature can probably be expected soon.