Surfing the web directly from your digital keyboard in the middle of typing something makes for smooth user experience. Microsoft recognizes that convenience, which is why it added native support for its Bing search engine to the SwiftKey app for Android late last year.
However, the search option was limited only to Bing, which was not at all surprising given Microsoft's ownership of both services. Thankfully, there is now an option to change SwiftKey's default search engine to Google as part of a new update to the keyboard app on Android.
To turn on Google Search in SwiftKey, launch the app itself and head over to the typing settings menu. Once there, tap the search engine section and choose Google. You can then start searching the internet as usual from within SwiftKey without leaving your current app. Simply type the + symbol to open the keyboard's toolbar and then tap on the search icon.
The update does not appear on SwiftKey's listing on the Google Play Store at the moment, so its availability may be limited to only some regions for now. Nonetheless, Microsoft's decision to embrace a rival search engine like Google is a welcome move for the users of its keyboard app.
Source: Android Police