Google is working on a third-party keyboard designed for iOS devices that would incorporate search functionality, reports The Verge. Citing people familiar with Google's plans, The Verge says the keyboard, which has been in development for several months, "incorporates a variety of search options" to attract more Google search users on iOS devices.

The keyboard is said to feature gesture-based typing like Swype, allowing users to slide their fingers across the keyboard to enter letters. Tapping on a built-in Google logo brings up a web search bar, and there are also options for searching for pictures and GIFs. Design elements are not clear, but it is apparently "visually distinct" from the standard keyboard available on Android devices.

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News of Google's work on an iOS keyboard comes just a few months after images surfaced of a Word Flow Windows Phone-style keyboard Microsoft is developing for iOS devices. It is not known when Google might release its keyboard, and a release date for the Microsoft keyboard is also unavailable.

Google and Microsoft's effort to develop keyboards for Apple devices is curious, as third-party keyboards have not proven to be particularly popular with iOS users due to ongoing issues with slowness, crashing, and other bugs.

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OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
107 months ago
Means that Google can capture everything you type on your keyboard. That's huge for them. Knowing everything you type in your texts and everything you type in your browser and every other app means lots of great data to use when marketing to you with ads. Super smart move on their part. Huge privacy concern but most people won't care enough to bother not using it. They're happy to let Google collect every other bit of info without question so this will be no different.
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ck2875 Avatar
107 months ago
Queue people saying they don't trust Google to know every single thing they type when this requires "Full Access" in 3...2...1...

"I don't trust Google to know everything I type"
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kds1 Avatar
107 months ago
No way would I install a Google Keyboard...or Maps, or Gogle Now, or Mail, or.....

YouTube is the only owned by Google app I have... begrudgingly....bad day when Google bought it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
107 months ago
Can Apple fix third party keyboards first?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kiancheong Avatar
107 months ago
YouTube is the only owned by Google app I have... begrudgingly....bad day when Google bought it.
I don't even have YouTube installed. When someone shares a link to YT, it goes into a Private browsing safari window.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OldSchoolMacGuy Avatar
107 months ago
Yep and if I were to post that in /r/privacy on Reddit I'd get downvoted to oblivion by people who trust Google with their lives but can't trust the cops with a criminal's 'private' data.
Pretty funny how it works. People are paranoid about how companies are using their information but that never applies to Google. When you point out that they index everything in each email you send and receive (try writing an email where you mention socks a number of times and see how many socks ads you start seeing), they shrug and are totally cool with it.

The Android was made just for this purpose. Create a smartphone OS and give it away. What do they get in return? They index all the text messages, web searches, sites visited, applications used, and more. It gives them a huge pile of useful information. It's brilliant and allows them to make billions from advertisers.

People value their privacy unless they feel they're getting something in return for it. Doesn't matter how cheap that thing is. Gmail may be free but there are countless other email services that are free and don't invade your privacy. Still, people are totally cool with it because they feel they've been given something.

It's funny that these same people that complain about privacy think that Facebook is invading it, while Google is not. Google is doing much more to mine your data and build a profile of you for advertising and other purposes than Facebook is at this point. Strange they see one as evil but the other as a friend.
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