Microsoft recently spent heavily to acquire everyone’s favourite smartphone keyboard, SwiftKey. And in a bid to further boost its text-entry credentials, it has now emerged that its in–house development team has created a tool that brings a host of new functions to SMS messaging for Android users.
Hub Keyboard, created by Microsoft’s Garage project, allows users to add a string of files and information to standard texts, without having to jump between apps.
That means anyone sending a text with Hub Keyboard can attach files from within Microsoft OneDrive, add items copied recently copied to their device’s clipboard and even send contact information.
Considering how far smartphone development has come, these are features that should surely be standard by now within most software.
But the fact they're still missing from Android is what makes Hub Keyboard so interesting and something of a must–have for power users.
The add–on doesn’t have swipe–to–type yet and is missing autocorrect, although as it’s still in development that's understandable.
If Hub Keyboard takes off, then expect to see a number of its features folded into SwiftKey once Microsoft starts tinkering with its new acquisition.