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Aizaz khan
Aizaz khan
Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.

Foldable smartphones are now picking up a new split keyboard in Gboard, thanks to the latest updates.

We’ve been tracking Google’s progress on building out a split keyboard for Gboard for the past few months, with the feature having clearly been aimed at foldable smartphones such as the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Now, over the past few hours, Google has started flipping the switch on a split keyboard within Gboard; users in the r/GalaxyFold subreddit picked up on the rollout earlier today, and we’ve since confirmed it on our own Galaxy Z Fold 3. Android Central writers are also seeing the feature on multiple Folds.

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To use the split keyboard in Gboard, you’ll need to press the relevant icon on the “toolbar” at the top of Gboard. As pictured below, that appears between the settings and floating shortcuts. Tapping it once enables split keyboard, and pressing it again switches back to the standard layout.

In our brief testing, Gboard remembers your preference each time, and behaves as normal on the outer screen of the Fold 3.

It’s important to note a couple of things with this rollout.  9to5Google notes that this feature will arrive with the beta version 11.9.04 The change doesn’t appear to be linked to an update in the Google Play Store, but rather a server-side switch.

If you’re on a Galaxy Z Fold 3, or similar foldable, you might not see the option just yet, but it should be headed to more users over the next few days.

Right now, it’s still unclear when this is heading to Android tablets.

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