The best thing about emojis is how perfectly they articulate what you're feeling without using actual words. The worst part about emojis is how long it can take it actually find the one you want to use.
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Well, that's all changing for Android Gboard users thanks to the most recent update, which introduces new ways to get creative and cut down on the time you spend texting.
In the emoji search box, you can now tap the emoji handwriting icon to draw whatever emoji you're looking for directly onto the screen. Gboard will automatically recognize your drawing and then show the results. You don't need to be Picasso, but your drawing should at least be somewhat legible for Gboard to figure it out.
Another Gboard update includes phrase suggestions to predict what you plan to type next. Like, if you type "looking forward," Gboard will suggest "to seeing" or "to it" as you type. So far, this update is only supported in English, but more languages will be added soon.
Also, to make searching easier, Gboard now offers multiple results for you to browse through when you're searching in the keyboard. And on a card, you can click through to go to Maps, call a business, or watch a YouTube video. Simply press the G or arrow->magnifying glass in the suggestion strip to begin searching.
To get the updates on your Android phone, make sure you're using the latest version of the app (version 6.3). You can install the Google keyboard here.