The fact that Google has taken a new and interesting keyboard in iOS before that in Android has created some other itchy between the community of androids. Later tempers have calmed down a bit after knowing that GBoard reach Android later, but if you are somewhat impatient always you may try alternatives.
For now, the alternative to GBoard for Android with more points to become your favorite until this keyboard for Google Android is Slash, a keyboard that is not new (launched in September 2015, also first IOS) but that allows you to do many things equal to GBoard, even better.
First, configure it as a keyboard by default
First of all, Slash is a keyboard normal and current, so the first thing you have to do is install the application from Google Play. Slash is free without any integrated shopping, Pro versions or annoying advertising.
- Version of Android: from 4.1
- Developer: Search and Share, Inc.
- Download it in: Google Play
- Price: Free
- Category: Productivity
Once you have it ready, opens Slash to be welcome by the Configuration Wizard. The process is the same as on any keyboard: enable it on language and introduction and then configure it as the default keyboard.
Here the only thing you have to keep in mind is that Slash appears as “keyboard Android (AOSP)” which can be confusing. Select your box, confirms the pop-up window and return to the wizard. The next step is Choose Slash as default keyboard, but remember that it appears with a generic name.
When you have finished the installation, you can begin setting up Slash to your liking. This keyboard includes factory integration with a lot of interesting services such as Giphy, Foursquare, Google, Spotify, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia. If any you are interested in, you can disable it.
Similarly, in the upper part of the window you’ll find paragraph My Slashes. This is not as “magical” as the rest of the application, they are simple keyboard shortcuts for quick answers. For example, you can use it to automatically write Hello good morning writing /hi.
Touching the gear icon to access to more options including the classics of any keyboard. From here you can control the shift automatic, sound and vibration when you press a key or the shortcuts bar that appears at the top of the keyboard.
Use it in your conversation
You have it ready to use. Please note that although only 7 icons are displayed in the top bar of the keyboard (or none, if you’ve turned it off), you can always access all integrations using the bar (or slash, hence its name), as it is the case of /gif/YouTube and substitutes.
Performance varies slightly according to which integration you are using. For example, in the case of images, videos and other results, you can write a search and choose among the results in thumbnail view, while in the case of emojis is activated a selection of emoticons panel.
A point to consider in Slash is that it has no certain limitations of the system. For example, as much as you use animated GIF function to send someone on WhatsApp, this application does not support GIF shipping natively, making it appear as a static image.
On the other hand, with certain types of shipping experience is a little more complicated than normal due to the limitations of Android. For example, if you are within a Telegram chat and use the slash of Sticker to send it to the conversation, instead of sending directly receive the selection of chat window.
Although we’d, Slash cannot send GIF directly without going through the selection window
In any case, with Android as it is today, Slash is a very interesting keyboard that can increase your productivity in a similar way to Microsoft HUB or the most recent Gboard, compatible with more services, but without writing using gestures.