Android: ability to perform web search from selected text

It would be great to be able to perform a “web search” on selected text on Android. This is built into most apps and browsers.

After selecting text, the context options appear. Selecting “web search” opens the default browser/search engine.


Current options on NewsBlur (v11.0b5):


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I think this changed in the most recent Android app redesign. IIRC, it used to have the standard text selection pill that’s in other Android apps, but now it’s a slightly different visual style and lacks the web search option as you point out.

I use that feature regularly when reading articles to look up names, unfamiliar terms and concepts, etc. Now I have to do select, copy, switch to search app, switch back dance.

Hey @andrei, any thoughts on what changed and how we can get web search back in selections?

Went back to a build from March 2021 and the web view doesn’t have “Search” as a contextual option. Funny enough there is only an option to explicitly remove it.
Chrome vs Firefox have different buttons for “Search” so I’m assuming they have a custom implementation. This is what I’ll continue with as well and see what are the possibilities.

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“Web search” was added as an option and it will open the system default browser via a search query intent. This could be moved to an in-app browser if desired.