In June last year, Google released a split version of the Gboard-branded keyboard for foldable smartphones. Now it has become known that a trial version of the split keyboard is available on Android tablet computers.
The split version of the Gboard keyboard places an equal number of keys on the left and right sides of the screen. This allows the user to type with their thumb while holding the device with both hands. Users can choose between two key layout options in this mode – with and without double keys. In the settings you can choose the most suitable key layout. You can also quickly switch between the standard and split keyboards by simply clicking on the corresponding icon in the toolbar.
Last year, Google only made the split keyboard available on foldable smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Microsoft Surface Duo. The Gboard 12.9.21 beta is now available for the Galaxy Tab S8. Apparently, Google plans to release a split version of Gboard ahead of the launch of the Pixel tablet next month.