Filipinos can now type in Bicolano on Gboard

Filipinos can now enjoy much smoother exchanges in Bicolano using Gboard on their Android device. Bicolano is the fifth Philippine language to be supported by Gboard.3

Gboard is Google’s smart keyboard with Google Search and Google Translate built in. Just tap the “G” button to search and share information quickly, and if you’d like to translate text you can also do that directly in your keyboard.

Predicting the next word you might want to type, suggesting auto corrections and other features in Gboard are powered by machine learning. We use language samples from the web and work closely with native speakers in the Philippines to collect data to train our machine learning models. These models then analyze the data to find common patterns in phrases and sentences, powering Gboard’s next-word prediction and auto-correction.

To make typing easier and faster on a small screen, Gboard also comes with glide typing and suggestions––you can slide your finger from letter to letter to type, and we’ll show you suggested words while you’re writing.

To get these updates to your Gboard, head to the Google Play Store and make sure you’re running the latest version of the app.