SwiftKey gets inbuilt search option for Android keyboard
Microsoft-owned SwiftKey gets web search built into its keyboard on Android. The company is hoping that users will find the feature makes looking up information faster within a conversation.
Steps to Enable search Option in the Keyboard
To access the feature, simply open the toolbar option on the keyboard through the + symbol and select the Search icon to type in any search terms. Though given the Microsoft connection, still it the search bar is powered by Bing, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to change this to Google search.
Through the feature, you can access the search results that appear in the browser tab overlay. Later, you can tap to screenshot, crop, and share with contacts. When you send a screenshot, it also comes with a small hyperlink to the webpage. The feature is available for users in 11 countries: the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Brazil, India, Italy, and Spain.
The feature was available for testing through SwiftKey for Android beta. It is a public app anyone can download to try out features in advance. There was a slight delay before the results actually showed up in the search engine. However, it’s still faster than actually having to tab out and open a new browser page.