Microsoft adds new search option in SwiftKey for Android beta

Microsoft adds new search option in SwiftKey for Android beta
Contrary to what anyone might have thought, the first thing Microsoft did after buying the SwiftKey app was to NOT add its Bing search app inside. For whatever reasons, Microsoft has decided that it's not a good idea to push SwiftKey users into using Bing to search for stuff.

However, the latest update changes things a little bit, as Microsoft introduced a new way to search for anything without having to leave SwiftKey. The latest version of the beta app features a dedicated Bing button, which allows users to search directly from the keyboard, as well as capture, crop, and send a screenshot or share the URL.

This is the most important change included in the update, but there are others that might be of interest to some of SwiftKey users, which is why we're listing them below:

  • New Arabic Layout
  • Jawi script layout for Malay
  • New Pinyin 12-key layout
  • You can now type in: msa_MY: Malay (Jawi)

Being able to search via Bing directly in a keyboard app is a feature that Gboard users are already familiar with, so it's nice to know that the functionality is expanded to additional apps.



1. mclaren113

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Best keyboard!

2. moitkumar

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Android Beta? Swiftkey is in beta or android?

3. Fellwalker

Posts: 536; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Frustrating that you can't hide it, so it isn't an option. Actually, it isn't a button, it is a search box the size of two buttons, that expands when you tap it. And they STILL won't show the same layout on phone and tablet so you have to get used to two different layouts. Ridiculous. And I can't have all 4 arrow keys within my tablet layout (they have to be an additional row), even though it is bigger than my phone which does allow it!

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