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Google adds 20 languages to keyboard app

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Google is expanding the reach of its keyboard app, GBoard, with the addition of 20 new languages including Chinese and Korean, TechCrunch reports. The news follows Google's announcement of integrating a Google Search extension app with iMessage.

Why it matters: The GBoard app now supports over 300 languages, and Google said it plans to add lesser-known languages that include Manx and Maori. Despite decreasing interest in separate keyboard apps, these efforts are a part of Google's marketing strategy to be more accessible to first-time mobile users around the world and in developing countries.