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‘Slash Keyboard’ Allows Quick Links Without Leaving Messages

February 9, 2016 - Written By Justin Diaz

Custom keyboard apps are nothing new on the Android platform. There are literally tons of them and quite a few good ones at that, each having their own unique offering that attempts to set them apart from the rest of the pack. The latest app in this particular category to come to Android is what’s being touted as the most popular custom keyboard option on iOS, called Slash Keyboard, which differentiates itself from popular options like the now Microsoft-owned Swiftkey, Fleksy, and Swype, by focusing on allowing users to insert quick links of virtually anything they can think of, simply by tapping the on-keyboard blue forward slash key followed by the chosen displayed options and be shown relevant content.

This is a nice function in itself as you could quickly and easily insert links to videos on YouTube, images and other stuff, but the real magic is that all of this happens without users having to exit out of their message or whatever app they’re using to type something up. This approach to sharing stuff with others makes things quick and painless so you can spend less time searching for the things you might want to link and share and get your messages or status updates out the door.

While the forward slash key is certainly the star of the app and likely to be a handy function for many, the button itself only works with various services. Slash Keyboard partners with different apps like the Google app, YouTube, Giphy, Wikipedia, Spotify, Maps, Twitter, Foursquare and more, but there are also bound to be some apps that users may want to have compatibility for that they aren’t able to get to. While unfortunate, the slash button can be used with a handful of the most popular apps out there, and more are surely to be added as the app progresses. The app also allows you to create custom slashes for shortcuts to various things. The keyboard is a free install and has no IAP’s whatsoever, so while you may not be getting a plethora of pretty themes to customize the keyboard’s appearence or multitudes of extra function, the overall experience should be great for those who like to share stuff a lot in messages.

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