01-11-2011, 03:56 PM #1
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One of the (many) things I love about webOS (and now iOS and Android) is that the search feature will search both the Internet and your phone, making it a very powerful launcher.
I can type "Mom" and get a one-touch to call or SMS mom, any Emails with her, or I can type an app's name and go to it right away. Or if I'm looking to Google (sorry, I mean Bing) something I can do that too from the same query.
Why is MS limiting us only to Bing web results when I'd like to be searching the contents of my phone? Is there a setting or hack to fix this? Is it planned for a future update?
- 01-11-2011, 04:44 PM #2
that be a cool feature i have to admit
but the fact that the phone doesnt consist of ENDLESS pages of Icons like the Iphone u dont really need a search option . u can find anything from the main page with the swipe of a finguer fairly fast. or simply PIN the the things u want on ur main page
Every page of the wp7 OS has a search option ( contacts games ect.. ) maybe thast why bing is bing and people search is people search.
but your right it still be nice to have in a update.
- 01-11-2011, 05:23 PM #5
To be honest, given that Bing is the go-to option for everything search, there's a lot more it could be doing since we've got to rely on it. A universal search would definitely be nice, but I don't feel like I really need it. It's easy enough to go into the respective hub and search. And the number of times I need to search for something across multiple media is rare, at least on my phone.
- 01-11-2011, 05:31 PM #6
- 01-11-2011, 05:45 PM #7
In terms of search, I really doubt most people would know the difference if you switched one from another.
- 01-11-2011, 08:34 PM #10
Definitely would like to see a Universal Search feature or as webOS calls it "Just Type" in WP7. Its amazingly handy and for the record Palm introduced it, while iOS, Android and BB decided it was too good not to copy.
- 01-11-2011, 10:05 PM #11
03-02-2011, 06:19 PM #12
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I noticed when using google the amount of kilobytes (KB) downloaded is far less than with Bing. Probably because every Bing search starts with a page full of graphics. This is not an issue where WiFi is available, but if using precious KB from your phone data plan, this might become an issue. Not everyone has unlimited 3G (or 4G).
I am curious if the Bing graphics are actually stored on the phone, rather than downloaded. Obviously, if browsing to Bing.com using the built-in Internet Explorer the graphics will be downloaded, but what about the Bing button on the face of the phone? (Samsung Focus) I believe that is an app, not a web site.
- 03-03-2011, 03:43 AM #13
The image used on the "Bing Page" when you press the Search button is downloaded via your data connection. There are probably zero images stored on the phone since the images changes daily, and always matches precisely to the image on bing.com.
The image itself, if it's downloading it at 800x480, SHOULD be around 250KB max, so the most data it could possibly use in a 30 day period is around 8MBs.. not exactly terrifying, but I know some people have crazy plans where they pay per MB.
- 03-03-2011, 10:30 AM #14
You know? I kinda got the idea that since looking for apps is pretty straight forward and some of the deepest level stuff is probably like searching your music or dialing/texting a contact stuff within an app, a lot of it can be launched with the voice command by long pressing start, and some other people here are right without an actual file explorer, and overall just the way this OS works, a universal search isnt really too necessary. I would see it as a small extra luxury that we don't exactly need right now.
- 03-03-2011, 03:06 PM #18
- 03-03-2011, 03:12 PM #19