Microsoft Takes a Page Out of Google’s Playbook for SwiftKey

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Bing + MSN, Google with 5 Comments

Microsoft is introducing somewhat of a major feature for SwiftKey on Android. The company is now building a search feature right into the keyboard, much like Google’s Gboard.

The new search feature, powered by Bing, isn’t as powerful as Gboard, however. It does take a different approach to things here, though.

You can search for anything you want on the keyboard, and directly share the link into a conversation, for example. And that’s pretty basic, of course. But the feature actually lets you “crop” a webpage — and that’s essentially allowing you to screenshot and crop a specific part of a webpage or search, and link it directly into wherever you want.

The feature is much more limited than Gboard where you can search things like stickers, GIFs, emojis, and much more. I’m guessing this is just the first version of the search feature on SwiftKey, and it will likely develop over time, much like how Gboard matured.

The feature is launching only in 11 countries, starting with the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Brazil, India, Italy and Spain. The feature is apparently “exclusive” to SwiftKey for Android, so if you do happen to be using SwiftKey on your iPhone, you likely won’t be getting it anytime soon.

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