Google explains Search on Android
We’ve covered the Android-powered T-Mobile G1 from head to foot on the day of its official launch, but we have no doubt that there are still many things we’ve missed, especially when it comes to the itty bitty details.
Thankfully, Google isn’t holding back in providing the skinny on Android’s oft-overlooked details, and now gives us a first-look at how Search works on its open-source mobile OS, more or less.
Search on Android, according to Google, is integrated “with applications in a variety of ways, in order to make it universally accessible.” There will be a Search menu option in every searchable application, and some of these applications will support type-to-search (start typing, and [insert app name here] will automatically open the Search UI for you) while others will have Search widgets. Also, there will be a dedicated Search key on the bottom row of the keyboard that you can just press before starting to type your query.
As expected, Search on Android is enhanced by Google’s Search Suggest for the web, which automatically suggests search terms depending what you have typed on the Search box.
One interesting new feature for Search on Android, though, is the fact that it’s integrated across the platform “so that applications can even share search capabilities with each other.” The way it works is like this: you search for something inside the music player, and before you know it you’ll be seeing results from other apps as well (like the browser or YouTube).
Clearly, Search on Android seems far more superior than the search features found on many available handsets in the market, but that should pretty much be a given because Android is a product of Google, after all. If they can’t do good Search, then who can?
Watch Google Search on Android in action with the video below.