It is easy to adore the official Google keyboard for its no-frills design and lack of intrusions but apparently that’s not enough to differentiate yourself from the crowd these days. The new version 5.1 is being rolled out to all users by Google and it brings some much-needed color to its bland life.
The keyboard for the first time brings customizable themes, of where there are a dozen, in a bunch of colors. The feature was previously shown off in the Android Nougat developer preview in May, but it now it is being rolled out through Google Play. You also have the option of having the borders around keys or not.
This is decidedly a sizable move away from the generic-looking greys and whites. You also get Unicode 9 Emoji, which features support for different skin tones, though to get this feature you must be running the latest Android Nougat.
Of course, the best thing about the keyboard is that it can be installed in pretty much every Android smartphone or tablet out there. With a bit more fun in the fray, it is a possibility that this might very well be the best keyboard available.