While using a mobile phone or tablet for sharing information with somebody especially by email or text messaging, you may have to keep switching between apps. Doing so could be quite painful seldom and further wastes your valuable time.
With an aim to keep a user in an ongoing conversation by bringing in relevant information and aiding them in completing general tasks, Microsoft Garage Team came up with an app called, Hub Keyboard. The app is available for all leading mobile operating systems (Apple iOS and Android), except for Microsoft’s very own Windows.
The Redmond Washington-based company may have acquired SwiftKey Keyboard, but after releasing this app (Microsoft Hub Keyboard), it looks as if Microsoft is further interested in developing the virtual keyboard technology.
Let us find out more about this app and what features does it offer. Here are my views and a brief review of the free Microsoft Hub Keyboard app for Android.
The Hub Keyboard app, being a new app has managed to lure more than 50 thousand Android users from around the planet. The app as of now does not come with any price and is said to work on any Android smartphone or mobile device that runs on 4.3 Jelly Bean and newer versions.
If compatible with your device, you can download this app’s 0.9.10.11 version from the Play Store, which comes in an APK file size of 18.98 MB. Further, once installed, the Hub Keyboard app uses a total space of 58.64 MB from your device’s internal storage memory, and on rare usage, it employs an average 22 MB to maximum 61 MB of RAM.
Setting up the Microsoft Hub Android Keyboard app is an easy task. Once the app gets successfully installed on your Android device, tap on it. No sooner, it will bring in front a one-time welcome screen along with a couple of options that are:
1 – Tap to enable Hub Keyboard
2 – Tap to select Hub Keyboard
Select/tap on the first option. On doing so, the app will right away take you to the ‘Languages and input’ in system settings from where you would be able to enable or disable the Hub Keyboard. Once you select the enable option, a pop-up window titled ‘Attention’ will open asking you ‘Use this input method?’ Read everything carefully and only if you agree, tap on Ok or else select Cancel (App would not work if the cancel option is selected).
On selecting Ok, the app will take you to the ‘Tap to select Hub Keyboard’ option, and ask you to change your default keyboard to Hub. When you do so, the setup process will get completed successfully.
The Microsoft Hub Android Keyboard app offers quite handy features that will help you in enhancing your chatting as well as writing sense on the phone.
For instance, think that you are reading about a certain topic on the internet. There is a sentence, which you like and want to copy or save it to your clipboard. Now what Hub Keyboard does is that whatever text you have copied, it will let you check it and further offers an option to insert/paste the same where ever you want.
Not only the app is well-integrated with Microsoft Products and services like Office 365, but also lets you search the web, translate words/sentences from one language to another, search local phone contacts, get doc links from OneDrive and SharePoint, contacts info from your organization, all while typing.
The layout of the Hub Android Keyboard is good, but not as attractive as SwiftKey. When it comes to inserting an emoticon in an ongoing chat, the Hub Keyboard will disappoint you as it does not have any support for emoji. If you like to enter text without typing but by voice, you can do so as the app supports this feature. All you have to do is tap on the mic option and speak.
Microsoft has built a good Keyboard app, but it is not that powerful. Features are good, but most of them do not work unless you connect your device to the internet.
- Web search powered by Bing
- Microsoft services integration
- No support for emoji