INTRO: Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard has finally gained support for the much-needed cursor control gesture within the latest beta update version 126.96.36.199. While Android users had to attend till now, SwiftKey reportedly added the feature on iOS earlier this year.
The feature allows you to long-press and slide on the key for changing the position of the cursor. “We’ve added cursor control to your Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. Try it out by tapping and holding the spacebar to maneuver the cursor We hope you’ll like it,” reads SwiftKey beta’s changelog.
Although SwiftKey users are expecting this feature for years, it’s worth acknowledging that Google’s Gboard has had an identical feature for a short time now. However, there are a couple of differences in SwiftKey’s implementation.
Firstly, the feature is triggered with a long-press on the key. Nothing happens when you simply slide on it. In case you’re unaware, Gboard activates cursor controls right once you slide on the key.
Another major difference is that you simply can hold the spacebar and move throughout the whole keyboard’s keys until you reach the proper position, unlike Gboard which limits the potential to the spacebar key.
Being a long-term SwiftKey user, i need to say this is often one among those features that improve the general user experience. Having used the feature briefly this morning, I found the feature to be useful and coherent enough.
You can try the feature immediately by installing SwiftKey beta from the Play Store. For those that are on SwiftKey’s stable channel, we could expect the corporate to roll out the feature within the coming weeks.
Download SwiftKey Beta from the Play Store (Android)