For years now, on every browser I own, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Internet Explorer, I've assigned w as a shortcut/keyword to the custom search engine http://www.google.com/search?q=site:wikipedia.org+%s&btnI. That is, I just type w android comparison to jump to the befitting wikipedia article. I use many, many other custom searches.

Is there a way to set this up on Android? Not necessarily with the stock browser?

  • Have you tried Firefox Mobile? My phone doesn't support Firefox Mobile, but these are the kind of stuffs that Firefox Mobile might be able to do. Opera Mobile and Opera Mini also has custom search, although, AFAICT, not using the address bar but a separate search bar. – Lie Ryan Dec 21 '11 at 0:40

There are a number of apps that will either give you a Wikipedia search widget on the home screen, or add Wikipedia as an option to the built-in search widget's drop-down selection. Have a look at a few of these: https://market.android.com/search?q=wikipedia+search

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    Sorry I have many, many, many such custom searches. I only used Wikipedia as a relatable example in my question, but there are no search widget in the market for many, many many of my custom searches. – William C Feb 27 '12 at 6:37
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    @WilliamC fair enough, you might want to mention in the question that Wikipedia's only an example rather than the main focus of the question. – GAThrawn Feb 27 '12 at 9:34

Yes, with Firefox Mobile. The search plugins from addons.mozilla.com can be installed directly in Firefox mobile.

If the search plugins from addons.mozilla.com don't cut it, Shortmarks.com lets you make your own search plugins to save on your Firefox install. This guide might help.

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