Google is reportedly working on its own third-party keyboard for iOS with gesture-based input and built-in Web search functionality.
There are no details on when or if the keyboard will be released, but the report from The Verge notes that the keyboard project has been in development for months and is currently being used or tested by a select group of Google employees.
The company’s keyboard is expected to be gesture-based, must like SwiftKey and Swipe, allowing users to slide their fingers across the keyboard to enter letters. Tap the Google logo and you can access traditional web search. It also likely to feature distinct buttons for pictures and GIF searches, both presumably powered by Google image search. In addition, the keyboard will reportedly come with word prediction, much like the built-in iOS keyboard.
Google Keyboard for Android
The keyboard is designed to increase the number of Google searches on iOS. Using publicly available numbers, journalist Charles Arthur argued in October that half of smartphone users perform zero searches per day.
Apple first opened access to third-parties with iOS 8 in 2014.
News of Google’s iOS keyboard appeared just a few months after images surfaced of a Word Flow Windows Phone-style keyboard Microsoft is developing for iOS devices.