Slash Keyboard is a popular iOS app that recently launched on Android, bringing some unique features to your regular typing chores. Its main advantage is it lets you share stuff directly from the keyboard without having to switch app, copy and paste links, or dig deep into the apps’ settings. This app is for heavy sharers, and might be just what you are looking for. At the same time, it’s still a work in progress and needs some enhancements in one or two departments.
Developer: Search and Share, Inc.
Download from Google Play | iTunes
Size: 21.94 MB
The first and foremost allure of Slash Keyboard is how easy it makes sharing stuff. Install it, enable it and choose which apps and online or local services you wish to give it access to. Slash supports contacts, emoji, google search, stickers, Giphy, your photos, YouTube, Twitter, Spotify, Foursquare, Maps, Soundcloud, NYTimes, pin, and more.
In addition, you can create custom slashes, and it’s dead easy. Just select a shortcut and define what phrase it triggers. For example, if you create a slash /name and define it as “John Doe, the devil’s advocate” the next time you type and enter /name the app will enter the pre-defined name and title for you automatically. You can create whatever slash and define long phrases as you like. It’s basically Tasker for a keyboard that makes entering long phrases a breeze.
Say, you are chatting in WhatsApp and want to share Adele’s last song. Tap / and select YouTube from the drop-down list of supported services. In the keyboard’s search bar, type in “Adele” or whatever search query you need, and watch the app open the row for search results. Swipe left and right to pick the right one and see it appear in your chat. Tap / and select to share a contact, location, photo, music, gifs, emoji, you name it. It works seamlessly in your chats, emails, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and text messages apps.
It’s good to know the app does not record what you type. Nor does it transmit your sensitive information over the network. However, if does need to access the Internet to connect with all the services you will be using from it. It also collects crash logs, search queries and anonymous analytics. Even though it needs access to your location and photos, the app does not collect that data.
It does have a few points missing that might be decisive for some users. For one, it only has the English language, so if you are bilingual and frequently switch between the languages, you won’t find it very convenient. The app’s description says you should send your request to the developers if you wish another language to be added in the updates.
The predictive typing is not as smooth as in your regular keyboard, especially if you have years of predictions stored with your current keyboard. Slash does learn as you type, and its auto-correct processing is stored locally, so that you keep calm about your privacy.
The keyboard has a few sleek color themes and some extensive settings, as well as customizable slashes you can create for long phrases. At the same time, it may lack competitive features, like swipe typing, that will make you switch instantly from your current keyboard, but that largely depends on the predominant typing patterns of yours. If sharing is what you do a lot as you type, then Slash can be a game changer. When this app gets a little better at predicting and auto-correct it will be indispensable. Adding a numeric row to the keyboard is a must. The way it is now it appeals to those who engage in sharing different content from various apps a lot.
It does have a mild learning curve because some features are not evident. For example, long-tapping the period button will solve your punctuation woes while long-pressing the lower right key will show emoji.
Overall, Slash Keyboard is a great productivity boost for the right user. It needs a little polish here and there, but its potential is immense. Try it.