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How do you change the Wikipedia language used by Searchify?

March 10th, 2010 No comments

You can change the wikipedia language in Searchify Settings.

From the settings screen, press Menu then go Options -> Wikipedia.  Or tap-and-hold on the Wikipedia entry in the main settings screen.  You’ll see “Wikipedia language” setting and will be able to choose the wikipedia language.

Categories: FAQ, Searchify

Searchify is slow, how can I speed things up?

February 10th, 2010 No comments

Some older phones (e.g. the G1) can take some time to process Searchify searches.  Changing some of the options in Searchify Settings can speed things up though.

The best way to speed things up is to add keywords to searches, particularly Wikipedia Search.  For example, add a keyword of wiki to Wikipedia Search.  This will mean the app won’t send a query to wikipedia for every letter you type.  Adding a keyword to Calendar Entry might also help as that module does a lot of processing.

How do I add a keyword?

Go to Searchify Settings from the icon in the app launcher of your phone.  Tap and hold on the ‘Wikipedia’ entry.  Select ‘Set keyword’ from the context menu, and enter the keyword you want.

How do I use Wikipedia Search once I’ve set a keyword of ‘wiki’?

Just type ‘wiki’ before your search terms.  E.g. “wiki henry” to search wikipedia for “henry”.

Categories: FAQ, Searchify

Why can’t I see Searchify in the Market?

February 10th, 2010 2 comments

Only phones running Android 1.6 or higher can run Searchify, so phones on Android 1.5 won’t be able to see it.  The quick search box that Searchify enhances was only added in 1.6, so there’s no way the app can work on an earlier version.

Unfortunately this means that currently the HTC Hero won’t run Searchify.  Apparently HTC are planning to release an update some time in March.

Categories: FAQ, Searchify

Can you make a Searchify widget?

February 10th, 2010 No comments

There’s no need for a Searchify widget, because Searchify integrates with the main Android search.  So you can just type Searchify commands into the (Google) search widget that comes with the phone.

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Why do Searchify results only appear under ‘More results…’?

February 10th, 2010 No comments

When you first install Searchify, its results will appear under a heading ‘More results…’.  This is normal behaviour for the Android quick search box.  Android decides which search results to show in the main list of results, and which ones appear under ‘More results…’.

Once you’ve used Searchify a few times, the first few Searchify results will appear in the main list.  If there are many Searchify results, you might still have to tap ‘More results…’ to see them all.

Categories: FAQ, Searchify

Why doesn’t Searchify return any results?

February 10th, 2010 7 comments
  • Searchify has to be enabled in your phone settings for it to work.  To do this, press the MENU key on the home screen, then tap Settings, then Search, then Searchable Items. Check the box next to Searchify.
  • The first few times you use Searchify, its results will appear under a heading ‘More results…’. Once you’ve viewed Searchify results a few times though, Searchify results will appear in the main search results. [update: this isn't true for Android 2.2 (Froyo)]
  • Don’t press return or the magnifying glass button after entering your search query!  Just type in the query and wait.  Searchify results (and other results) will appear below the search box.
  • Also, note that in Searchify Settings you can disable search modules by unchecking the box next to them.
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