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Google makes it easier to use Android phones one-handed

A major update to the Google Keyboard app has added a one-handed mode and more.

It’s a commonly held distinction between Android and iOS. Flagship Android phones typically have bigger and sharper displays then their iPhone counterparts, but they’re less easy to wield one-handed.

Now Google has gone some way to addressing that distinction with a big update to its Google Keyboard app.

Version five of Google Keyboard adds a number of UI tweaks and improvements, but perhaps the most significant change is the addition of a one-handed mode.

The new mode enables you to choose whether you want the keyboard to be aligned to the left or right. Once selected, the keyboard will be reduced in size and moved closer to one side, enabling you to type one-handed.

Other improvements include the ability to customise the keyboard to a greater degree. You can now switch the height between five options.

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There are also some new gestures onboard, such as the ability to delete entire words by swiping left from the delete key, as well as an improved tap-and-drag selection gesture.

As spotted by Android Police, word suggestions now appear in the suggestion bar, and these can be dragged to a trash can if you want to remove it.

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Google is gradually rolling out the Google Keyboard update now, so if you can’t see it on  your phone, give it a few days.

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