Google Gboard to Introduce Text Scanning
Google’s keyboard application, Gboard, is set to roll out an exciting new functionality based on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. The latest beta version 13.6 for Gboard on Android has revealed a hidden feature that allows users to scan and extract text directly within the keyboard interface.
The feature, not yet accessible by default, will appear as an addition to the keyboard’s ribbon alongside existing options like “Translate” and “Clipboard”. Users will need to grant Gboard camera permissions to utilize this function.
Upon activation, Text Scan mode transforms the lower half of the screen into a viewfinder, enabling users to capture and scan text using corresponding buttons. By clicking the “shutter” button, Gboard instantly highlights the captured text in the photo. Users can then interact with the text, copying, pasting, editing, selecting, and inserting it into any input field.
The accuracy of Gboard’s built-in text scanning is purported to align closely with the standards set by Google’s other products that utilize similar technology. The implementation appears to be straightforward and user-friendly, offering a seamless way to leverage OCR technology for text extraction and manipulation within the keyboard application.
This innovation by Google indicates a further integration of visual recognition technology into everyday mobile interactions, enhancing the utility of the Google Gboard application for Android users. With this new feature, Gboard aims to streamline text extraction, empowering users to effortlessly capture and work with text simply and efficiently directly from their keyboards.