Ginger, a leading mobile keyboard and writing enhancement app developer, introduced today “Smart Bar” for its Android Keyboard, the world’s first productivity-focused in-keyboard functionality that allows users to quickly access, open and use other apps directly from Ginger Keyboard.
Smart Bar helps users save time by letting them open and even perform actions within other apps without having to close the keyboard.
The new functionality enabled by Smart Bar leveraged insights gleaned by analyzing the mobile behavior of Ginger’s millions of Android users, who routinely rotate between apps and Ginger Keyboard while communicating. Smart Bar will feature productivity functions such as, calendar, to-do, search and note-taking, with users being able to enjoy full customization by removing and/or adding any app. Following the initial roll-out, Ginger plans to finalize partnerships with some of the more popular apps for tight integration into the Smart Bar.
Smart Bar will be available as part of the popular Ginger Android Keybaord, which is available for free download in the Play Store, where it is one of the most popular apps in the productivity category.
“By letting users instantly access their most frequently-used actions and apps directly from the keyboard, without the need to constantly rotate between apps to do things, we are delivering a more productive mobile experience to our users”, said Maoz Shacht, CEO of Ginger. “Mobile users spend a lot of time messaging and writing. Frequently, there is a need to open a task, schedule an event, make a note, search and so forth, while staying focused on the interaction. The enhanced user experience enabled by the Smart Bar is the continuation of Ginger’s efforts to completely unlock the keyboard’s full potential.”
Smart Bar will quickly be followed by the roll-out of several additional in-keybaord, on-demand productivity and entertainment features, all of which are being built to allow users to access the, without having to leave the app they’re in, highlighting Ginger’s commitment to increasing productivity and usefulness for its users. In the future, Smart Bar will also incorporate contextual awareness capabilities, made possible by Ginger’s patented text analysis engine (NLP-based).