Due to recent improvements, Gboard now includes a new split keyboard for foldable smartphones.

For the past few months, we’ve been following Google’s development of a split keyboard for Gboard, a feature that was obviously designed for folding devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Currently, Google has begun turning on a split keyboard within Gboard over the past several hours. Users in the r/GalaxyFold forum first noticed the rollout earlier today, and we’ve since verified it on our own Galaxy Z Fold 3 device. The feature is also visible to Android Central writers on various Folds.

You must click the corresponding icon on Gboard’s toolbar in order to use the split keyboard. That displays between the settings and floating shortcuts, as shown in the illustration below. Split keyboard is enabled by tapping it once; hitting it again returns the keyboard to its default configuration.

In our limited testing, Gboard consistently remembers your preferences and operates normally on the Fold 3’s outer screen.

gboard split keyboard layout galaxy z fold 3
gboard split keyboard layout galaxy z fold 3

With this rollout, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, only the most recent Gboard beta version (v11.9.04) is experiencing this. The modification appears to be the result of a server-side move rather than an update in the Google Play Store.

You might not see the option right away if you’re using a Galaxy Z Fold 3 or another foldable device, but it should become available to more users over the following few days.

When this will be available on Android tablets is still uncertain as of right now.
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