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Chrome for iOS Disables Third-Party Keyboard Support Due to iOS 9 Bug

Chrome for iOS Disables Third-Party Keyboard Support Due to iOS 9 Bug

Is the Chrome app no longer displaying the third-party keyboard you've installed on your iPhone or iPad? You're not alone. Google, on Monday, updated its Web browser on Apple's platform to disable the use of third-party keyboards from the app.

The Chrome mobile browser for iOS, which has been updated to version 46.0.2490.85, mentions in the changelog that a bug in iOS 9 is causing crashes with third-party keyboards. The company says the move to disable third-party keyboard is a way to mitigate the bug. To recall, Apple introduced support for standalone third-party keyboards with iOS 8 in 2014.

Google hasn't pinpointed the bug, or shared when it plans to bring the feature back. The update, however, brings a fix for a display bug with location and search bar. We've reached out to Google for comments and will update the article when we hear back.

Apple's iOS 9 mobile operating system has been flagged for a handful of bugs since its release in September. Recently, some reported bugs in iOS 9 caused fingerprint detection issues for some users.

Speaking of Chrome, Google recently released a beta version of the Web browser on iOS. The app offers support for Apple's 3D Touch feature. Thanks to which, a user could hard-press on the icon of Chrome Beta and quickly access common tasks such as the ability to open a new tab or switch to incognito mode, and make voice searches.

The app notably also offers support for Bluetooth keyboard for a set of shortcuts such as opening and closing of apps.


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