This early year, Google started testing split keyboard layout in Gboard application with a selected range of users. Now, Google is introducing more users to beta testing, especially Samsung Galaxy Z series foldable smartphone users. The split keyboard feature is rolling out with the Gboard beta marked 11.9.04 but it doesn’t seem to be available to everyone.
Some users running Gboard version 11.9.04 have reported not receiving the detached keyboard feature, which means that Google is still testing the feature and it will likely be made available to many users. more impressive after a while. If you want to try out your foldable feature, then you need to sign up for the beta program first and wait until the update drops.
The detachable keyboard isn’t a unique feature missing from Samsung’s foldable smartphones. Samsung’s built-in keyboard app that offers split keyboard already has Gboard compared to other apps, and the introduction of split keyboard will help them have a better typing experience.
Users will be able to change the split keyboard layout by pressing a button on Gboard’s toolbar and accordingly the keyboard will be split into two halves to fit the two halves of the screen. Furthermore, the toolbar button will be replaced by another button that will reverse the layout to its normal state.
There is no official word on when the split keyboard feature will be available to everyone. But we can expect Google to release this feature to foldable smartphone users in the coming months.