Gboard rolling out stylus handwriting on Pixel, Samsung tablets | Phones

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The Gboard stylus handwriting support that we first enabled in August is now rolling out on Android tablets that offer the input.

In Gboard settings, there’s a new “Write in text fields” menu that explains how “your handwriting will be converted to text that you can edit or delete.” (The old handwriting keyboard — seen in the cover image above — available when adding a language remains.) You can launch a tutorial by tapping “Try it” and available editing actions include:

  • Delete: “Use your stylus to scratch out a letter, word, or phrase to delete.”
  • Select: “Draw a circle around a letter, world, or phrase to select it.”
  • Insert: “Use your stylus to draw a caret or arrow where you’d like to add a new text.”
  • Join: “Draw a “|” [vertical line] between text to insert a space or merge the text before and after the space”
  • New line: “Draw down, then left with your stylus to move text to a new line”

When you Write, there’s a floating “keyboard toolbar” with Delete, Enter, Emoji (floating window), and a hamburger key that notes your current language (if more than one is set). This offers shortcuts to:

  • Settings
  • Try handwriting demo
  • Show on-screen keyboard: Mini floating keyboard
  • Show clipboard
  • Show translate
  • Language picker

You can move this pill-shaped panel anywhere on the screen but it defaults to the perimeter with vertical and horizontal layouts offered. When docked to the bottom, a persistent strip appears. Other settings let you adjust handwriting speed and stroke width.

Stylus handwriting started rolling out to Gboard in recent days (h/t Mishaal…

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