Google is in the process of enhancing its popular Gboard keyboard with a novel feature that allows users to effortlessly scan text and copy it into a text document or another application without the need for manual typing, a feature reminiscent of Google Lens.
The company is rolling out a “Scan Text” button located alongside the “Translate” and “Review” options on the Gboard keyboard, as reported by 9to5Google while exploring the latest APK version of Gboard.
To utilize this new functionality, users need to grant the necessary permissions for Gboard to access the device’s camera.
Once enabled, the primary interface of the application, for example, the “Notes” app, will be divided into two halves. The lower half functions as a scanner where users can direct their camera towards the text they want to scan.
After scanning the text, it will be displayed in the lower part of the Gboard interface. To copy it into a document or another application, users simply have to tap the “Insert” button, as shown in the screenshots shared, which illustrates a process similar to Google Lens’s “Text” function.
9to5Google clarified that this feature is available in the latest beta version (13.6) of Gboard for Android devices and is not yet available to all users.
This new addition to Gboard promises to revolutionize the way users input text and information, making it more convenient and efficient for those who regularly copy text from physical sources to digital platforms or documents.
Google continues to innovate and improve its mobile applications, and this latest development is a testament to their commitment to enhancing user experience.
Users with Android devices can look forward to this convenient feature once it is fully implemented across the platform. Until then, it remains accessible to those using the latest beta version of Gboard, offering a glimpse of the exciting features that Google has in store for its users.