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Google supposedly working on an iOS keyboard

Apple iPhone 6s Plus iOS handset might soon get third-party keyboard from Google
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
This upcoming product will allow search functionality within the keyboard itself, also offering swipe functionality and dedicated buttons for pictures and GIF searches.

Apple allowed iOS users to take advantage of third-party keyboards since June 2014, when the Cupertino-based giant launched iOS 8. The list of such products includes names like Swype, SwiftKey, and Flesky, but it looks like Google will join them soon.

According to The Verge, "Google has been developing a third-party keyboard for iOS that would put the company’s search engine in a highly used part of the interface." Insiders familiar with this matter claim the product "has been in development for months" and this keyboard app has been used by Google employees for a while as well. Its features include gesture-based typing, but also distinct buttons for searches. Next to the button that leads to Google's regular Web search page, the Google keyboard app for iOS also offers dedicated buttons for image searches (still images and GIF search).

The obvious goal of this keyboard app is to increase the number of Google search queries initiated via the iOS platform. Remains to see if Apple's customers will love Google's keyboard app more than the other third-party ones currently available.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03-24 (Update: 2016-03-24)