Google has released the Android 7.1 Developer Preview for its Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Pixel C and slowly, new features will be introduced and tested by members of the Android Beta Program. The new update is not a major one, but it comes with a few improvements and changes that users will find useful. One of them is native GIF support, but the feature is limited to the Messenger app. Unfortunately, for now, it’s not possible to use the Google keyboard to add GIF images in other applications.
Recently, Droid Life has reported that Google will introduce native GIF support in the Google Keyboard, and the feature was introduced in the Android 7.1 Developer Preview, which started rolling out three days ago. So, if you own a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5S or Pixel C and you’ve enrolled your device in the Android Beta Program, you will enjoy the new changes brought by the new beta update. So, launch the Messenger app and when the keyboard will be brought up, you will tap the smiley icon and you will see the new GIF option.
If you tap on the GIF option, a selection of GIFs will appear and you can choose any specific image categories to insert in the Messenger app. The most used GIFs will surely be “Thank you” or “Sorry”, but Google is also giving you the possibility to search for other GIFs that you want to insert in your message.
The new “image keyboard support” isn’t a big surprise for users who have been waiting for Android 7.1, as Google already hinted that the feature will be part of this update. Most likely, soon, GIF support will be added to other applications such as Gmail, Hangouts, Inbox or Allo and fans will appreciate this addition, because their messages will be more fun.
Users who don’t own a Nexus device will need to wait until November, when Android 7.1 will be available to try for them.
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