Microsoft Hub Keyboard for Android packs powerful shortcuts, clipboard tools
Microsoft is a company all too aware of its place in the smartphone world: it may be the firm behind one of the major platforms out there, but it’s still in a distant third compared to Android and iOS – and that means that if it wants to be a force to be reckoned with, that means playing across platform lines. That’s led to all sorts of Android and iOS apps coming out over the years, from standard stuff like Office and OneDrive to more experimental projects – the sort of things we’ve seen emerge from Microsoft Garage. Today we’re taking a look at the latest of those apps, the new Hub Keyboard for Android.
“Another keyboard,” you groan? Sure, it’s easy to dismiss another keyboard options as a bit redundant in a market where not only do we already have a ton of great choices, but the default keyboards on our phones are better than ever. But Hub doesn’t try and reinvent the wheel when it comes to text input, instead focusing on adding value through shortcuts to other parts of the Android system.
Clipboard support added a huge functionality boost to Android when it arrived back in the day, and Hub attempts to super-charge it by giving users access to a clipboard history – so you can see not just the most recent addition, but all the text you’ve copied before that. That means less jumping back-and-forth between apps to find the selections you need.
You’ll also find shortcuts to documents, your contact list, and translation tools – which we’ve got to admit, all sound like really useful additions to a keyboard. You can give the Hub Keyboard a try for yourself at the Play Store and see if it’s really all Microsoft makes it out to be.