March 23, 2016 7:35pm
In an interesting move, it looks like Google has plans to release one of its own keyboards on iOS, complete with gesture-based typing, GIF searches and more.
The keyboard has reportedly been in development for the last few months, and features built-in search functionality, as well as gesture-based funcionality, allowing users to slide their finger between letters to let Google guess what word they’re typing. According to The Verge, taping the keyboard’s Google logo also activates a standard web search, similar to Google’s stock Android keyboard.
Google’s upcoming iOS keyboard also reportedly features specific buttons for sending images, as well as GIF searches. Visually, it also looks considerably different from the company’s standard Android keyboard.
Apple launched third-party keyboard support with the release of iOS 8, resulting in a number of well-known apps such as Flesky and SwiftKey making their way to the platform.