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Gboard’s split keyboard feature rolling out widely to Samsung foldables, but still in beta

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Last updated: July 1st, 2022 at 09:34 UTC+02:00

A few weeks ago, Google started testing the split keyboard mode in the Gboard app. It was available to a few beta users, but the feature is now rolling out more widely. However, it is still available in the beta version (v11.9.04) of the keyboard app.

Google has already taken a lot of time to optimize its keyboard app for foldable smartphones. It has been more than three years since first-generation foldable phones were launched. And most Galaxy Z Fold series users were limited to Samsung Keyboard if they wanted to use the split keyboard mode. Now, they can at least install the beta version and start using the feature.

After you install the beta version of Gboard on your foldable Galaxy phone, you can activate the split keyboard mode by clicking the keyboard layout button on the keyboard’s toolbar. In the split mode, the keyboard shows some keys on both sides, which makes typing easier. As usual, the layout is available in both light and dark themes. It also features some Material You elements, and Samsung should consider implementing this in its keyboard.

The Gboard keyboard app also remembers which layout you prefer on the cover display and the inner display. So, when you use the cover display, you can use the normal layout, and split mode when you use the inner foldable display. The feature is still not available on tablets yet even though Google promised to release tablet-optimized apps soon.

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