Rumors of a possible Google Pixel Fold has been circulating for a while now, and despite reports that the device is in limbo between active development and cancellation, we continue to hear worth knowing regarding the mysterious foldable Pixel.
Well, some of the recent evidence that Google is actually working on a foldable phone could be hiding in the beta of Gboard, which recently scored a nifty new split mode. It splits the keyboard in half, with the keys going to the left and driving sides of the device as much as possible and providing easy thumb access to the keys. This can certainly come in handy when handling a large foldable phone, for example.
Of course, we shouldn’t take this as a dead giveaway that Google is testing this functionality because of the alleged foldable Pixel. Rather, it’s dictated by the realities of the phone market – foldable phones are also a few generations old and will only get more popular with time, so it makes sense that Google would finally update Gboard with the necessary split-screen mode for foldable devices. Please note that this feature is still only available in Gboard beta
so it may be a while before it officially hits the play store.
After all, it’s one of the most popular virtual keyboards on Android, and until now, users who wanted to use a split-screen keyboard on their foldable phones had to resort to Samsung Keyboard or Microsoft’s SwiftKey.
Sure, so many users on Reddit points out
the new functionality mode would certainly require you to retrain your muscle memory a bit, but it would apparently be worth it for hardcore Gboard users.
And yet we can certainly speculate that software will keep the door open for hardware in the near future, and we could see Google preparing all of its core apps for the upcoming Google Pixel Fold. So far we’ve heard that the phone is probably on the special Pixel 7/7 Pro announcement event in Q4 2022, where Google is expected to lift the veil on the mysterious foldable version. The phone may come with a 120Hz 7.6-inch OLED display that folds in the same way as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold family.
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