Reports indicate that some Pixel users come across a “New!” banner after opening Gboard and tapping the microphone icon. According to Google, the new feature is prepared to help users “save time typing” using the Assistant.
Now after tapping the microphone button you can say “delete” to delete what was previously transcribed, instead of having to use the backspace key.
Additionally, there is a new Google Assistant lightbar after tapping the microphone, informing users that the Assistant is being used.
Also, there is an option to add punctuation when you prescribe automatically; Previously, users had to say “period”, “comma” or “question mark”. from 9 to 5Google says this new update coincides with “faster voice typing” that downloads a model offline to the user’s device and works in real time.
The Gboard settings now offer an “Enhanced Speech Typing” option, which means that these Assistant features can now be disabled by toggling this option.
The functionality is rolling out for Pixel 4/4 XL, Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 users with the new Google Assistant and version 10.0 of the Gboard beta installed.