I’m a third-party keyboard junkie. I always have multiple keyboards installed on my phone and am always shifting between them, especially when one comes out with an update. However, it’s been a while since I’ve had Google’s GBoard app on my phone, or so I thought – but it’s still there, masquerading under the Google Search app.
While I was playing with another keyboard, I went to enable it through iOS settings and saw that the Google keyboard was present. I didn’t think twice and enabled it as well. After a half day of playing around with it, I realized GBoard wasn’t for me and went to uninstall the app – only to realize the app was not there! I went through all of my menu screens to make sure I wasn’t hiding it somewhere, and sure enough, the GBoard is nowhere to be found!
Thinking there was some fluke, I reinstalled and uninstalled the GBoard, only to find the Google keyboard ever-present my settings. Getting suspicious I went and uninstalled the Google Search app, and bingo: the keyboard was mostly gone!
Out of all the keyboards that I’ve used, I’ve never seen an uninstall leave a bastardized version of itself in iOS settings. To confirm my findings, I reinstalled the Google Search app and as expected, the keyboard is back!
What is going on here Google?? Nowhere in your Search app description do you disclose that you’re embedding a keyboard. Is this a sneaky way to get people to try GBoard or an insidious way to collect inputs from users?
This sets a very bad precedent in mobile apps. I am often leary of desktop programs that sneak other software onto your system during install, but this is worse, you don’t even have the option to opt out!
We have a really exciting gig coming up with Amy and the Peace Pipes on Friday, where we’ll be playing with Aires Attic and South to Cedars to benefit Homeless Gear. Members from the three bands has been doing a lot of work towards things, getting some generous businesses to donate really cool prizes that we’ll be giving away. I got a chance to design some artwork for it, I do have to confess that I did borrow from a previous design that I put together 8 years ago – but I figured the Statute of Limitations for my artwork expired and I could make it useful again.
One of the biggest challenges was the use of all of the logos for the sponsors. Everyone’s managed to come in different shapes, sizes and colors. I also found it difficult to striking the balance to providing the logos enough prominence without detracting too much from the other information I was trying to convey.
I also played around a lot with the new Facebook banner design, coming up with this guy:
The gap in the middle was allocated to give space for the event title and date that Facebook imposes. People who would click onto the cover art would see the full “donate items” text, but I wanted to put the most striking content above the fold. Here’s what it looks like over on Facebook:
I played around with the art some more, making a 1×1 image for our Twitter and Instragram profile pictures:
I’d definitely welcome any thoughts or input!