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Edit: To anyone who still needs help, I got the "Google" to go away by changing around the options on my suggestion bar. Turns out it can go away. Don't know if it's just a temporary fix or not, or if it'll work for every user.

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For some reason, the layout of Gboard on my phone just randomly changed. There usually isn't "Google" across the spacebar, and the little arrow on the suggestion bar is usually the search function. Not for emojis but for searching up things on Google via the keyboard. I don't know there's been an update, but how do I put the search area back where the arrow is, and remove the "Google" from the space bar. I already have search enabled but it doesn't seem to bring back the browser search feature. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling as well.
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I hate all these useless features google keeps adding. I'm so angry that they think they can advertise to me on my own keyboard. I don't want to look at their logo.
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Yeah I hope there is a way to remove it. It's quite annoying to look at.
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I quickly looked through Gboard's settings to no avail. It's an eye sore.
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its new update right?
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Technically it was a dormant update.  It was just activated; maybe when the Google app updated.  I say this because if you browse through months of previous versions (and install them) the Google Text is there as well.  The last build to not include it is a release build of v8, right before v9.

Furthermore it is more than a eyesore, it is a typing speed and concentration regression (at least for me).  This is because unconsciously my eyes keep looking at the "Google" imprinted on the Spacebar.

Searching for things take longer too.

Gboard team: This is a choice of design over function.  And the team member who approved it should be sacked (on the head with a albatross).
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Only bypass for now would be to add one more language, and thus your current language will appear. It's still an eye sore tho.
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The logo on the space bar looks hideous and like some low grade keyboard app. I dont want to switch keyboards but I will entirely because of this
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"Google" on spacebar but why? How to remove this.
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Glad I'm not the only one who has found this new irritating space bar add on. It's so off putting
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It's their way to tell us that they own us.
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Tap the 3 dots at the end then long press the search icon and move it to the top bar to get the search icon back
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@Quadie when it was just a G button on the top bar, I think I could tap on the button to activate search. But in this new layout with Google logo enabled, I can't reach the keyboard search anymore. Holding on the Google logo does nothing. ***(How is it supposed to work anyway?)*** It seems to be a backwards change that was completely aesthetic and takes away access to a feature that was something useful. It looks like a Television with its logo at the bottom. I might as well see my phone's manufacturer name or carrier name there...

Btw you are right I'm seeing more and more updates especially those from Google just randomly changing interfaces without any new update. I always wondered how that is possible because I expected apps to change only by updating. I thought maybe there's a new mechanism to update app UI by patching existing APK or something but now I realised it's just some dormant features that were remotely activated. It's still very scary, like there could be dormant spy tracking code that can be activated and deactivated remotely on a million phones at once!

And here I am asking for the nth time to give easier access to the question mark near space bar and not the nearly useless comma.
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Distracting and irritating, and it doesn't actually do anything as far as I can tell. Honestly what is the point of slapping that on the space bar when I have a Google account logged into a Google phone, running the Google operating system...
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What in the actual hell Google? You don't have to advertise on the spacebar it looks horrible when I type there's no point in this. Whoever did this should be laid off because it looks so bad and serves no actual purpose expect making it look like some cheap keyboard software developed by some college student rather than a multi billion company. Remove this Google because not only did you do it without considering the opinion of the public but as of now it's also unremovable. We know you are big company with great influence there's no need to shove it up our noses when we're texting someone.
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@everyone, please send feedback from Gboard settings. That's the best way to get your opinion across to the development team.
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How to remove the Google logo on the space bar:

1. Open Gboard settings (Either tap and hold on comma or Open the white arrow menu, tap three dots, choose Settings)
2. Tap on "⭐ Rate us"
3. To the question "Are you enjoying Gboard?" truthfully answer as "No"
4. Enter the following feedback: ***Remove the Google logo from the space bar. YUCK!!!"***
5. Paste the link to this thread in your feedback and Send it.
6. Tell us here that you did steps 1-5.
7. Wait for Google to finally listen to us all.

Alternative solution:
1. Install a different keyboard.
2. Switch to the new keyboard.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you find the keyboard you like the most.
4. Uninstall all other keyboards including Gboard.
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Yes, i wrote them about this logo. Like they need any further advertising :/ !
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It's so terrible. Completely distracting. Cheapens what was an excellent product. Google literally owns the operating system, they don't need to do this. This advertising is crude and ugly. Provide an option to turn it off!
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Just woke up to this update. Please let us change that in the future, this is terrible.
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It makes the keyboard look cheap. Horrible design decision.
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So annoying. I'm deffo switching if can't remove. Feel like I'm being brainwashed 🙉
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Yeah, this is just disgusting. No way to change it in the settings. I just uninstalled. Thanks Google, you consistently find a way to make things worse, cough Google chat.
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So annoying, I cannot type without looking at it.
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I went to the play store and uninstalled GBoard and it is suddenly back to normal. Do not enable automatic updates. I use a pixel 3 btw.
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Why does google think this is okay? It makes it really hard to focus on what I'm trying to type.
We know the keyboard is from Google! We don't need it interfering with our messaging! As if google needs MORE advertising! >:(
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I have two language options, so it shows only current language instead of Google.
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I can't stand the suggestion bar with the stupid gif and stickers buttons. I need my old suggestion bar back. I left a review
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Disgusting that they're advertising to me on my own keyboard. Hey Google get it off there.
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It's surprising distracting. I'm going to give it a week, if I don't get used to it or it isn't removed I'm installing a new keyboard..
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Also went and uninstalled gboard.

Idiotic update thanks @google
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Thanks for representing this issue Artistically.

With regards to third party virtual keyboards (i.e. those other than GBoard found on the play store); I would perhaps say to not install a third party virtual keyboard as a potential solution to this. This is because a third party virtual keyboard might be more invasive to ones privacy, for example logging ones input (e.g. passwords). 

I would think giving feedback to the GBoard team on this issue might be the best course of action. If enough people do it, I'm sure they'll remove the eyesore.
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This is a horrible feature. It's almost like Google is trying to lame claim to space-bar. I hate it, it's so distracting!
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Please help me remove this irritating "Google" from the space bar. I hate this 😡
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I have the Google logo on my space bar it's so annoying can someone tell me how to remove it, I'm not a technical person so in English please
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i might have to use my iphone 6 again just for this needlessly update...
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I removed the Google by adding another keyboard in settings. 
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People dying all over the world and you're all getting irate over a word on a keyboard. Your priorities may be misaligned.

Just change your keyboard, problem solved.
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please remove it, i will switch to other keyboard if not remove
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@Ian Gilligan: Sure, you can only ever be angry at the worst problem that exists. Why are you commenting on this and not helping all these people?
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This is utterly horrible. It doesn't reinforce their brand, it damages it.
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Back to Smart Keyboard for me. Predictive text isn't quite as good but it's a decent alternative. 

What is wrong with these people? It's not like anyone's going to forget who/what Google is. Maybe they want to remind us they're monitoring everything we type on our little GBoards. I don't want 'Google' on my space bar, it's distracting and vulgar.

(As if it wasn't enough to have to keep fending off my phone's repeated insistence that I use the Google Assistant. Not interested, but can't completely disable it.)

Just GIVE USERS A CHOICE. Let us turn stuff off or on, not 'hide and remind in a week'. And don't impose logo space bars with no warning or choice.
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This actually bothers me way more than I initially thought. It is so off, that the eye always looks dkwn because something just feels not right. Definitely a bad design choise.
Any way to remove this?
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How to use Google then
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If you're going to start slapping branding on the space-bar you better also start including a key puller and alternative keycaps in the box...

It looks pretty ugly down there advertising Google in its bold font face every time I type something.

Good thing I now speak two languages: English (UK) and English (Aus). Perhaps you should go back through your notes and find out why the language label on the spacebar is in a thinly weighted / low contrast style and not big and bold (and apparently advertising space)?

On second thoughts, Google, don't do that. I'd hate for you to infer that I'd be happy with a lighter version of the Google branding. I actually want none.

Whilst you're at it, have you considered changing the keyboard layout from QWERTY to GO06LE? In fact, most people can touch type nowadays, are you aware you have at least 26 characters of additional space to advertise your latest products? Why not create the spacebar equivalent of the <marquee> HTML tag and let users pay to have their messages flown across other people's keyboards?
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Uninstall the update in playstore and it goes away
..so click on gboaed and click uninstall...it will then ask you to uninstall all updates to this app...do it... problem solved for now anyway.
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Yeah, as much as I dislike Samsung's  keyboard, I switched back because branding on phones or KBs in 2020 looks dated. I already know I'm using gboard. No need to rub it in.
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This is why I left SwiftKey!  I have an Android phone, rely on Chrome, use Google as my default search engine - like I need reminding that I'm using a Google keyboard as well.  I hate seeing the branding, bad call Gboard developers!
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What is this rubbish? Is it not enough I know that Android is made by Google, as is my Google Home, that I know Gboard (which I chose to use) is made by Google and that I use Google as a verb?
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Also finding this very annoying. It's the whole reason I switched from SwiftKey to gboard in the first place
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It's incredibly distracting and annoying having the logo be visually more prominent than the keyboard itself. Just as you are thinking of what to write, there's a word, floating in the middle of your visual field, generating cognitive interference. This is not an appropriate place for branding. It adds nothing. It does not relate or connect to any Google functionality. It simply distracts attention and reduces usability. Please remove the logo or at the very least add an option to disable it.
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Thank you! I'm genuinely disgusted they think this is an acceptable change to make. I feel like I'm being brainwashed or something and it's literally upsetting my typing speed. Appalling move from Google and I hope it's removed.
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I had to search for this after just noticing it on my phone - who on earth thought this was a good idea. What's the alternative? Is SwiftKey still a thing?
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i also got the update and now my spacebar is an ad. so it's time for an alternative keyboard, any suggestions without stupid brandings like this?

i wonder who thought it will be a good idea to put that logo there...
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Yeah this is horrible, a keyboard is not an advertising platform. Going to look for alternative keyboards.
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This is a prime of example greed. How off-putting and ridiculous.
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This is a ridiculous feature and looks like a cheap keyboard app
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Reminds me of when Verizon plastered their logo on the home button of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2
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This needs to go. Why haven't they added an option 😡
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I'll add my voice to the complaints. Its a distraction and annoying. It just reminds me what a bunch of xxxx google are
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"Google" on the spacebar looks hideous. Hope Google themselves decide to remove it.
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Well this is enough for me to remove stock android and go custom firmware.
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  1. Go into Settings and tap on Apps.
  2. Locate GBoard from the list of apps and tap on it.
  3. On the next screen tap on the Disable button.
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Please revert it
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who has noticed this and absolutely hated it! So awful
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Conviently enough, the stock keyboard on my phone (OnePlus6 6) is no longer available after this update.

I actually have a harder time typing with the distracting logo, so I am switching to another keyboard until they let us toggle/disable this.
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If it bugs you a lot, you can simply uninstall all updates to the app. It should remove the logo. Play Store > GBoard > Uninstall > Uninstall All Updates
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Today I learned the Samsung keyboard isn't too bad. Glad android gives us choice.
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Anyone found an alternative keyboard they would recommend? Can't use g-board with this awful addition.
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my goodness I'll try this
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Dear Google:

I hate this. Can you please remove it? One of the great things about Android is that it doesn't shove Google down your throat. But this feels like an advertisement for a product that I'm already using.

Please get rid of it.

Wayf.
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This is disgusting behaviour from Google. They have no right to remind people that there privacy is constantly being invaded and sold to any old company by slapping their logo all over the keyboard. And unfortunately if your like me a mobile phone is too obsolete and an iPhone is just simply not an option. This is sickening exploitation of the consumer on behalf of Google.
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Please can we have a way to remove this. It is distracting and pointless. Why would you do this?
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Pointless and ugly get rid of it!
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I agree and not only that but there has been a lot of lag. Why does everything have to be Google or Microsoft. Can't somebody come up with other platforms that work. Do tired of it and these never working or messing up your phones and computers.
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Oh my glob I hate this so much. Went into the settings and rated the app as recommended.

Now I need to decide if I'm going to switch keyboard immediately or if I'm just going to not use the phone much (or at all) until this is fixed.
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NWO is looking hideous and horrible!
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Annoying to say the least. Like I need more to worry about. Come on Google...cut the cr@p.
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Why! We've all heard of Google and don't need to be reminded when typing. Please remove it because it's bloody irritating ☹️
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 Looks nice as a layout. But so distracting. Please add a option to remove
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Please remove the Google spacebar. It's a terrible idea.
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Fixed it, I changed keyboards tbf I've been meaning to get off gboard and this was the final push
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Yes I too want this removed. I didn’t ask for this and it does nothing but irritate me. Not, I suspect , what the company was hoping for.
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Please remove "google" on the spacebar on Gboard
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So annoying, give us an option to remove please
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"Google"on the space bar is distracting when typing. Please give the option for a plain space bar.
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How can I switch keyboards?
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please remove this its extremely annoyiny and distrubing to my writing , it keeps getting into the attention when typing, who tought about this? i wanna replace my phone
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Remove Google from space bar! It's distracting.
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I am sure they are just testing it out to see everyone's reaction.

Pretty much agree with the comments above. You guys don't really need to do it. 

Just like forcing a certain set of Google Apps on every Android phone is quite a restrictive move I would say. Beautiful and timeless design is one where you don't really need to scream your name all the time.

I wish for a day when Google would become less of an advertising company and more of a human-centric solutions driven company.
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Very, very poor choice. Distracting and ugly. I hope this is fixed soon.
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Google, WTF, remove this, not cool, looking for alternatives
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It's too distracting. I have successfully removed the irritating "Google" logo from Gboard space bar. Just roll back to an older version or switch to another keyboard.


Hope this helps.
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Horrible irritant, just want rid of it soon as possible. What are google thinking about imposing this on us? Cretins!
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This the most distracting thing ever, why turn the space bar at into a Google logo? What function does it serve?
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So many babies complaining about a company advertising on their own product. 😢

Use another keyboard and keep it moving... 🤦‍♂️
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Of course the one piece of branding that was nice to look at and practical (search and more button) is what they ditch. God damnit...
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Revert back to previous version without the ostentatious logo in the spacebar. It is an eyesore that continually diverts my attention and makes typing a chore. It would also be nice to bring back the dedicated search button in the top left. Android was supposed to be about customization, why would you think it's a good idea to make design changes suddenly and not allow people to disable or customize it to their liking. This kind of spoon-fed "we know what's best for you" mentality that made me switch from Apple years ago.
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This is tacky, not to mention awful design. Come on Google, do better.
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So many "BABIES"?  Who paid for this phone??  It CERTAINLY wasn't Google..... I can assure you of that.  As far as I'm concerned I will not put Google on my next phone.  Everything they do is geared to see what you are doing.  They have ABSOLUTELY no business perusing what's going on on MY PHONE!!  After all..... Me and ONLY ME  paid for it... PERIOD!!!
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Howls softly!  Just switch to SwiftKey, there nobody whines about advertising on the spacebar!
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Please revert
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Howls softly!  Just switch to SwiftKey, there nobody whines about advertising on the spacebar!
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Feels like this was done without my consent
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+1 that it's ugly and should be removable.  Nobody is going to see the stupid advert except me, and I'm obviously already using GBoard (duh... Seriously?).

Get rid of it Google, it was a really weak idea and it's impressive that it made it out the door.
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It's absolutely ugly and has no place being there.
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I was worried as 'Google' had appeared on my keyboard spacebar on my android phone shortly after I'd opened a link a friend sent in a text via Whatsapp. The link was too an Easter greeting from wish4U. I had clicked on it briefly then closed it. I was a bit suspicious so I googled wish4U it and it is malware that misdirects your browser. It seems a coincidence that the 'Google' logo appeared on my spacebar just after that.
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Please update and remove your ad from the spacebar
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The spacebar Google seems to have slowed quite a bit the sending speed of my text messages. This feature is extremely annoying and frustrating since it appeared out of nowhere and I haven't been able to find info on how to disable/remove it.
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Please remove this from the space bar, it's visually intrusive, distracting and a constant reminder that I should go to another provider, one that doesn't feel a need to push ads in my face
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Remove the logo. No one has time for that.
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In reading more replies, I see there are some helpful suggestions - eg. send feedback on Gdashboard... Thank you
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It looks terrible.  I used to really like Google, but stuff like this makes me want to uninstall Gboard.  Won't be recommending it to anyone anymore.
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Google please give an easy out to your logo on my keyboard. I appreciate your work, but I don't wish to become a member of a Google cult.