When you buy a new Android smartphone, it comes with the stock Android keyboard unless you buy Google’s Pixel or Google’s Nexus which come with Google’s own keyboard. Obviously because of the Android’s open source nature and the availability of so many variants of Android, some other manufacturers could install their own home brewed keyboard apps. But no matter which kind of Android smartphone you buy, you can easily change the touchscreen keyboard to any other keyboard that you can download from the Google Play Store.
If you have been using Google Keyboard in your Android phone, then you may notice that the new update changes this to Gboard which is the new name for Google’s keyboard app. Gboard has many new features and settings that can make your life easy when it comes to typing in various apps. Gboard is designed to keep in mind that many people prefer to attach a physical keyboard to the Android device through the OTG USB cable.
One of the features that Gboard offers is to customize the appearance of the keyboard and change the theme of the keyboard. You can choose the various colors for the keyboard as well as whether the keys should be separated with a thin border to make various keys look like real buttons. In order to change the themes, you can open the Gboard settings by tapping on the Gboard icon in the apps drawer.
In the Gboard settings, you have to choose Theme and then pick one of themes from the gallery. There are seventeen themes in total and all of them have a very nice color. Optionally, you can also choose to enable the keys borders. The keys border make much more sense on devices with a large screen like those 5.5″ phablets or those 7″ Android tablets.
If you have been using some other keyboard in Android then you can upgrade to Gboard from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin.