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Is there an app for searching installed apps? (Dumb Search alternative)

I have been a victim of the infamous "let's turn off anything that Apple might have a patent for" aka "dumb search" on the Galaxy S3, and looking for a simple way to return my phone to the 21st ...
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Search on Android Market website?

Am I just blind or is there no "search" option on Android Market (??) if you go to the website from your desktop computer? If not, should I use some 3rd party search engine for the Market or should I ...
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How can I search for a contact by its phone number?

Is it possible to search for a contact by phone number in Froyo ? How ?
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How can I stop Android from automatically searching a term when I choose it from my search history?

Currently if I search for something like "Why am I so awesome," then at a later time I want to elaborate on that search and start typing in "Why am..." my search history will show the previously ...
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How can I add a custom search engine to Chrome (beta, stable…)?

Call me dumb, but, I don't see an obvious way to do this. I want to add duckduckgo.com as the main search engine in Google Chrome for Android (beta, stable...)
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How do I remove the search bar?

On my Android 1.5 MID, there is a Google search bar in the main screen. Does this have any value to me if I don't use the Internet? How can I remove this from the main screen?
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Can I disable the hardware 'Search' button?

I'm teaching my 85 year old mother to use her first phone. Her first ever bit of computing. The first use is texting and I've removed all the apps from the main screens except for the messaging app, ...
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How to use the Search box on these Stack Exchange sites with the Galaxy S?

When I type something into the search box at the top right of the main page, I get a Next key instead of the Go or enter key. If I enter text in search, pressing Next takes me to the interesting tags ...
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Setting's “Search” function doesn't work properly on Android N Preview 3

In settings of Android phone, there is a search button in the Action Bar and it cannot give me what I want to search. I find it works sometimes but 90% it doesn't. The 2nd image shows the very ...
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Change “OK Google” hotword

I want to change the Hotword for the Google Assistant. Is it possible to change the hotword from "OK Google" to something else? Do i need a rooted device?
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How do I set custom search engines in Android?

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+...
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How can I search for emails on an IMAP (or exchange) server? [closed]

Is there an app that can search emails by subject, sender or body text through the IMAP4 protocol? Alternatively, is there an app that caches the email headers for all messages and searches them ...
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How to stop Time Warner cable search on Firefox for Android?

I went into about:config and have the following: browser.search.defaultenginename Google browser.search.official true browser.search.order.1 Google keyword.URL https://www.google.com/search?p= ...
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How can I search for different types of items on my phone?

I recently got a Samsung i5800. I was hoping that the search widget would search everything on my phone - contacts calendar, memo - but it seems all it does it to search contacts. Can anyone ...
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Looking for a launcher similar to Launchy, Synapse or Kupfer (with type to find and launch app feature)

When using a normal computer I like to use a launcher to quickly launch applications and perform other tasks. Examples of such launchers are Quicksilver, Launchy, Gnome-Do and Kupfer (which I ...
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Why does VLC show deleted files?

I have the VLC app in my ASUS phone and when I search via the subtitles-option in the downloads section, it shows files that have been deleted. I downloaded apps to see if they exist and searched the ...
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How do I remove the search bar in ICS?

Is there a way to remove the search bar from all of the home screens in Ice Cream Sandwich? I have a Nexus S, which already has a hard-button for search, so the search bar is redundant. Long ...
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How do you set the default search engine in firefox?

In firefox if I type a bunch of words instead of a web address and hit go it does a google search. You can install addons for other search engines and they appear in a list below the address bar and ...
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Changing the voice used on Nexus 7 for Google Now search

I have recently bought a Nexus 7 from the Google Play UK store and it seems to be configured as a US tablet in that the voice on the Google Now search is an american woman, whereas on my Nexus S when ...
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Modify search in Google Maps

Is it possible to edit a search that I have made previously when using Google Maps on Android? The situation I have sometimes is that I make a search in Google Maps but it doesn't quite give me the ...
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How to change Android device's default search engine?

I am trying to play with Android...To change the default search engine (now is Google, or add more selectables) when I press the "search" button on the device. Is there anyway to do it? I have HTC ...
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How to restrict Android Market search results to a particular publisher?

Is there any way that I can restrict searches in the Android Market to just show apps from one particular publisher? For example, if I wanted to just see apps from Google, searching for "Google Inc." ...
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Is There A Browser Which Makes It Easy/Possible To Search From The Address Bar?

For those familiar with the Google Chrome browser, I'm looking for the feature which basically treats the address bar as a search bar when not navigating to a site. I would find this handy since it's ...
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Is there a widget for Twitter search?

I'd like to monitor Twitter for certain keywords. I wonder if there is a widget which displays live search results on my home screen, which are automaticly updated at a certain interval. I've tried ...
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How can I see what people are searching for on the Android Market? (i.e. Google Insights for Android Market?)

I'm interested in launching my application to the Android market, however I'm not sure if there is a market for my idea. Is there anyway to see what people are searching for on the android market, and ...
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How can I sort, filter and tag files/images in Android ICS 4.0?

A little background Im a bit into graphic design, digital painting etc, and I like to draw on the run, away from my desktop. For drawing, I often need reference materials - some pictures of things I ...
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Why is “search application provider” eating 90% of my Android CPU?

According to the "OS Monitor" app, the core "search application provider" is eating most of the CPU on my HTC Incredible S. There are multiple log messages with the following error : "Failed ...
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Howto Find in which Folder /app group is an app icon?

I honestly feel stupid asking this question, but here it goes: I cannot find a way to locate in which folder/app_group I misplaced an app icon. If I use the search in the app drawer (go-Launcher Z ...
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Google search keeps closing

Nitrogen ROM 7.1 on a Nexus 6 I've been having an issue where I will hold the home button down to pull up search, tap on the search bar to bring up the keyboard, and within a few seconds the search ...
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How to set the default search engine in Android to use SSL?

If I use the "widget" of my Android 4.1.1 (on my "samsung" i9220) then I can see that it isn't using SSL. How can I set it to use it??
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How to search Android Applications by size?

Is there any way I can search or filter android apps by size less than 1MB or 2MB on any android app store? I have a low end android phone with less memory and installation space. Light weight apps ...
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Is there a way to index and search all data on my phone?

After taking a look at my options, I settled for Android-Sync to sync the Nexus with Outlook. One of the issues I have, though, is that Android-Sync in its Notes and Tasks applications doesn't ...
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Is it possible to add more search providers to the Google Search?

In the Google Now/Search application, when you view the settings, you get a list of all the applications that can be searched. Is it possible to develop apps that can add more search providers to ...
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Does Adobe Reader on Android support search-by-whole-word?

I have an Acer Iconia Tab. I would like to search some PDFs (RPG reference documents) for "whole words", as normal search doesn't properly find short words. Is it possible with the Adobe Reader on ...
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Search a PDF for a specific phrase

Is there a way to search the text of PDFs? For example I want to be taken to the page with the word "dog" and have it highlighted? I can't find a way with Amazon Kindle or ezPDF reader. Initially I ...
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Advanced “Find in page” in Google Chrome mobile?

Regarding the "Find in page" feature of Android's default and/or Google Chrome web browsers: Is there a way to fine-tune the search parameters in order to search for strings with more precision or ...
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Searchify results not showing up

I have installed Searchify on a HTC Legend running Froyo. Unfortunately, it none of the commands are appearing in search. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
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Swipe down to search in the Google launcher?

My phone runs a Pixel Experience ROM which has a stock Google Launcher that I like a lot. I do not wish to change launcher. I used to have a Huawei device, and it had a feature that you could swipe ...
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How do I change what “Web Search” in Gmail opens as its search engine?

Question Summary How do I stop Samsung Internet from popping up when I select text in Gmail and click on the 'Web Search' "button", and instead bring up something else, such as DuckDuckGo search, or ...
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Easy question: How do I search for apps on my S3?

I know (N00b) but I see the Google search bar for performing internet searches. But I don't see where a quick search for my phone's content is, like you would find on an iPhone by moving to the search ...
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Remove built-in search-engines in Firefox Nightly

I don't use the default Firefox search-engines, so I like to be able to delete all the Amazon, Twitter, Google nativelly installed on every Firefox version. Using current and beta version of Firefox,...
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Is there a search app for Android with no-tracking privacy policy?

On the desktop I use ixquick to avoid Google tracking my searches. But on Android it is even worse since I am logged in and Google can track everything I do. Is there an app for ixquick or for another ...
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How can I search for a sticker or emoji on Line for Android?

How can I search for a sticker or emoji on Line for Android? On Line for Microsoft Windows I can use:: (Tap to enlarge)
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Xiaomi Swipe up brings Browser, how to change behavior?

After updating to the new MIUI 10, swiping up from the home screen now brings the stock browser rather than the former default (Google search).. and there is no option to change that behavior.. how ...
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K-9 Mail: Search in Message

I use K-9 Mail for Android. Recently I tried to search for text in a (rather long) email, but could not find any possibility to do so. Long-pressing the menu button results in a search field, which ...
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Can the Samsung search key be remapped without rooting?

I'd like to be able to change my search quick-key from Google, probably to DuckDuckGo, as it has some great shortcuts, and has a short, readable privacy policy. However some cursory research suggests ...
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Delete search history from android settings app

In Android, it's possible to search for a specific setting by tapping the magnifying glass icon at the top right corner of the Settings app and typing. However, I haven't found a way to remove earlier ...
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Google Search Bar Widget is gone from Galaxy S5, it is not in the widgets section anymore

My Google Search Bar went missing (I did not delete it). Every fix says to hold down the home screen and re-add it, however, it is NOT in the widgets section anymore. It is completely missing. I've ...
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searching emails in s3

I want to search for old emails/senders/subjects etc. in my samsung galaxy s3 email app. There doesn't seem to be a search function. Any ideas how to do this, or alternative mail apps which you can ...
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Opening Google Search results for music in PowerAMP?

Is it possible to have Google Search open music files via PowerAmp instead of the default player? I have tried to see if there is a default music player, but it's not set. Music is listed under "...