There is no shortage of third-party keyboard apps on app stores, and they offer many nifty features, themes, emojis and even GIF sharing perks. However, we see it as a given that to share something from one app, we need to switch to that app and choose the sharing option, or copy and paste the link, image or file. In some cases, the sharing operation can be quite tedious, if we’re talking about sharing a file from Dropbox and uploading it to Gmail.
But what if you could paste that Dropbox file in your email directly from your email app? What if you could add that Spotify song to your Whatsapp chat without leaving whatsapp? Or a Yelp review, or a Google Maps location?
The guys at Monkey Keyboard are about to launch a free mobile keyboard for iOS and Android that re-invents the functions of a keyboard, pushing the boundaries that are becoming too narrow for the modern-day users.
Monkey Keyboard is in Beta as of now, and you can become a part of the testers team by submitting your email in the web form on the developer’s website and joining the waiting list. There is also a sharing contest with the Apple Watch freebie to the top three sharers who spread the word on the social media, while the top ten sharers get to order a custom command in the keyboard. We expect to see the app landing on the app stores sometime soon, hopefully.
As I said, it is going to be a free app with the main focus on letting you share links and files cross-app without leaving the app you’re currently in by using your Monkey Keyboard only. The current list of supported apps is not final, but includes Dropbox, Yelp, Foursquare, Google Maps, Contacts and Calendar, SoundCloud and Spotify, Twitch, YouTube and Wikipedia, and about a dozen more. We will do a thorough review of its features when we get our hands-on with the app.
The functionality seems to be quite intuitive – when you’re in any of the supported apps using your Monkey Keyboard and wanting to share something from a different app, you just tap the monkey keyboard key and find in the list of supported apps the one you wish to share from. Next, you type in the search box the name of the track or file you wish to find. The app will offer the search results in the form of the cards, and when you see the one you need, just tap it and send it, all without leaving the app you have been using before.
The only thing I am hoping for is Google and Apple do not steal the idea and release the feature in their next OS update, making the innovative third-party app useless, as we have seen many times before.
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