Regy Perlera has some ideas for improving how third-party keyboards are installed on iOS and how users could switch between them. I think we’re not going to see any meaningful improvements to custom keyboards next week, but I’d love to be proven wrong.
I also realized that “improving keyboards” is something I’ve linked quite a bit on MacStories over the years.
Despite some shortcomings in the way iOS handles third-party keyboards, they seem to have taken off recently. Just in the last month Microsoft’s Garage project released the Hub keyboard and Word Flow. Now, Google’s getting into the keyboard game with Gboard, which lets you search Google for all sorts of information.
I’ve only been playing around with Gboard for a short time, but the results have been impressive. Gboard solves a common problem on mobile devices – sharing information. Whether you’re using Twitter, email, or a chat client, it’s not uncommon to have to leave the app you are using to find the information you want to share, whether that’s a location, a GIF, a photo, or even something like a stock price or the weather.