We use software keyboards on our smartphones all the time without much thought, but they don’t always work well on larger devices. Google may soon add one split keyboard for gboardhowever, in an attempt to better optimize it for tablets and foldables.
While Gboard works fine on devices with larger screens, it could be a lot better. What users currently see when using Gboard on a tablet is a stretched keyboard layout that makes it difficult to access all the keys. Instead of being able to type comfortably with two thumbs, users will most likely simply tap each key with their index finger, which is slower and less convenient.
Above, you can see screenshots of this new split keyboard feature, as shared by Twitter user RKBDI. The new design option that Gboard is testing split keyboard in two, pushing each half towards its respective edge on your device. It will be easier and more convenient to use, and will help you type your search queries or text messages faster whenever you use larger screens.
Gboard will not be the first software keyboard to have this feature. There are plenty of other apps you can use to change the way the keyboard is displayed, whether it’s splitting it, moving it to the side, or making it smaller. However, it’s good to see Gboard focus and prioritize this feature, as apps aren’t always properly optimized for tablets and such.
The split keyboard feature was first seen in March, but we don’t know when it will roll out as Google has yet to officially release any details about it. However, once you do, you should be able to enable it from the Gboard three-dot menu on whatever device you want to use.
via XDA Developers