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Universal Search - Applications

by Adam Marks Wed, 07 Jul 2010 2:52 pm EDT

Universal search is an extremely powerful tool within webOS that allows you to access all kinds of data on your phone within a matter of seconds and from anywhere on your device. To access Universal Search, all you need to do is start typing on the keyboard while in the Launcher or while in Card View (to access card view while in an App, simply swipe up from the gesture area to minimize that app). In addition to Contact Search, webOS will also search for all of your installed applications on the phone, no matter where the icon is throughout the launcher. Continue reading after the break to learn the specifics of how to search for applications using Universal Search


Let’s assume that you want to open a new Web Browser, but don’t want to look through your launcher to find you Web app. Simple start typing "web" via Universal Search and you can see that it displays the "Web" application, in additional to any contacts with the letters "web" in their name. At this point, all you need to do is click on the "Web" app to launch a browser card.

Universal Search - Web

In addition, many apps have alternate search terms that can be used to find an app in Universal Search. Look at this example that searched for "pre". As expected, the apps for "PreCentral" and "Preware" were found, but so were all of the Settings Apps on the Pre. A few other alternate search terms that you can use are "SMS" for Messaging, or "Twitter" for TweetMe.  What other alternate search terms have you found?

  Universal Search - Pre

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