Google's GIF-searching Gboard app is now available in the UK

Web, GIF and emoji searches now available on your iOS device.

Although Google often includes the UK in launch plans for a new product, its new web-searching and GIF-finding Gboard extension wasn't one of them. But now that the app has been out for roughly a month, Google has had more enough time to get it ready for the British public. That's right, Google's slick third-party keyboard is now available to download in the UK.

If you're not familiar with Gboard, it works like this. Download the extension from the App Store like you would any other app and Google will walk you through the installation process. Once it's the default option, Gboard will place a circular button at the top-left of the keyboard, allowing you to perform web searches without having to leave the app you're in. It'll also do the same for GIFs and let you type the name of your favourite emoji so you don't have to spend valuable time scrolling through trying to find it.

During its WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple announced a number of new features that cross over with Google's Gboard app, including an emojifier that can detect specific words and replace them with the relevant emoji. With web and GIF search, Google still maybe has an edge over its rival, but it's good to see both companies implementing more keyboard-centric features on iOS devices.