The split keyboard for Gboard is compatible with the Microsoft Surface Duo.

The split keyboard option for Google’s Gboard keyboard was finally released last week, but only for foldable devices. It turns out that Microsoft’s Surface Duo is compatible with Gboard’s split keyboard as well.

Given that Apple’s iPad has long featured a split virtual keyboard capability and that third-party Android keyboards frequently provide the option for tablet users, split virtual keyboards aren’t particularly uncommon for larger screen devices.

But despite several months of the feature’s development, Gboard didn’t actually include a split keyboard until last week.

However, it was only made obvious at the time of launch that large-screen folding devices, like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, could use the feature. The split keyboard option in Gboard, however, is also visible and functional for owners of Microsoft Surface Duo devices, as Windows Central pointed out.

The two keyboard halves can be seen on either of the two displays when the Surface Duo is fully opened, which is an important aspect of the functionality. But unlike Microsoft’s SwiftKey, which can use a split keyboard even if you’re only using an app on one monitor, it appears to only operate when an app spans both displays.

However, when using the device in compose mode, the split keyboard appears, as Shane Craig demonstrates in an video .

It has also been noted that other apps have recently shown some love for the Surface Duo in addition to this newly discovered Gboard optimization. This week, the location-based Whereseek app received official support. Other apps like Sync for Reddit and Talon for Twitter have also added support for the dual-screen device.

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