This is the expected behavior when the
is_persistentfield of the keyboard is True.
Note: If the
one_time_keyboardvalue of ReplyKeyboardMarkup is False, the keyboard will be automatically opened when you open the chat with the bot.
By tapping on bottom return button the keyboard doesn't automatically close, independently of how you opened it.
If the keyboard is manually opened, the button to hide the ReplyKeyboardMarkup buttons is shown but doesn't work.
By tapping on bottom return button the keyboard automatically close.
If the keyboard is manually opened, the button to hide the ReplyKeyboardMarkup buttons is not shown at all.
By tapping on the input field the keyboard automatically switches to hardware's keyboard, therefore there is no need for a switch button from ReplyKeyboardMarkup to Hardware keyboard.
Telegram Android 8.8.3 (27052), ZTE ZTE 2050RU, 9 P (28)
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Just for clarification, issue found after update to 8.8.x, wasn't met before with previous telegram version.
We really need this just like pc version. That's not too hard to ad when they have done it once.