Google’s Gboard keyboard app for Android is reportedly rolling out the split keyboard option, which offers benefits to users of foldable phones. Another report states that this feature will come with beta version 11.9.04. Split keyboard mode is not new for Z Fold users, who are offered this feature on Samsung Keyboard software. However, for Android users who prefer Gboard’s typing interface and auto-correct features, the new split keyboard mode will be an added advantage.
Split keyboard mode for Gboard was first reported by Android Central, based on the r/GalaxyFold subreddit, where users reported the feature was available on their phones.
The Split Keyboard feature is already reported to be available on Samsung’s Keyboard app, which is pre-installed and enabled by default on phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 3. However, the newly added feature in the Gboard keyboard app for Android will act as an advantage. For users who prefer Gboard over any other typing interface.
With the keyboard split in half, all keys are close enough to the sides of the foldable phone, where your thumbs can naturally rest while holding the device. Users can visit the app’s page in the Google Play Store on their smartphones to sign up for the beta if they want to try it out for themselves.
The report also states that this feature will be included in the beta version 11.9.04. For users who may see the Split Keyboard icon in the toolbar above your foldable on-screen keyboard, the mode can be availed by pressing it. Reportedly, this will split the keyboard in half, and replace it with a symbol that can bring the two halves back together.