Third-party keyboards have been supported on iOS since version 8 shipped last year, but even today they’re still often plagued by poor performance and other issues related to Apple’s implementation. Today, Google has released a Chrome for iOS update that disables support for third-party keyboards entirely because of such issues.
It’s not clear which issues exactly were behind this decision, as the company only lists a very broad description of the problem: “Third-party keyboards have been disabled due to crashes caused by a bug in iOS 9.”
The update, which brings the app to version 46.0.2490.85, also includes a fix for a display bug with the app’s location/search bar.
We’ve reached out to Google for a comment on when this feature might be available again. We’ll update this post when they respond. Update: Google has informed us that they do not have a timeline for when this issue will be resolved.