Although it might offend the occasional enthusiast, Android isn’t the only platform Google is invested in. The internet search giant — who wants the entire world to enjoy their products and services — spends a fair share of resources building apps for Android’s rival, iOS. After launching apps like the Google app, Gmail, Hangouts, Chrome, Maps, Photos, Drive, and more, it appears Google will reportedly be bringing an improved version of their keyboard app to iOS as well.
According to The Verge, the Google Keyboard app for iOS has been in the works for months and will make it easier than every for users to perform Google searches straight from the keyboard itself. The Google Keyboard offers more features than the stock Apple keyboard in that users can perform gestures to type out words (instead of traditional tapping), something we’ve seen on the Android version for years now. Before you get too cocky, that’s not all.
The iOS version of Google Keyboard will 1-up its Android counterpart with a whole new look and buttons to perform picture and GIF searches as well. So, why is Google making an iOS keyboard again? This is apparently an effort by the company to boost the amount of Google searches done on mobile, something where there’s a lot of room for improvement. Apparently, desktop users perform around 1.23 searches per day, while those on mobile devices — as much as half — aren’t performing any at all. A decline in searches — where Google makes most of their money showing ads — presents a huge threat for them and their business.
No word on exactly when Google plan on launching the app, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that an updated Android version has also been in the works.