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asked 2013-12-25 16:10:37 +0300

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updated 2015-01-28 23:09:02 +0300

The N9 has a native search function (app) that searches through contacts, calendars, e-mails, notes, gallery (pictures and videos), rss feeds, songs etc. (I think the search includes everything that is preinstalled on the phone). Such a functionality in Jolla phone would be very helpful.

EDIT (9.1.2014.): If for any reason this is not possible, at least it would be good to have a search function in Jolla native apps.

EDIT (18.2.2014.): @Aard this question together with a few other related ones (either for global search or search by specific Jolla apps) have now more than 180 up votes. Any hint on whether this request will be taken into account?

EDIT (23.8.2014.): Using my N9 again for a couple of days because I need a reliable turn by turn navigation app. I used the search function a couple of times and all I can say is that it is really fantastic (what a pity that there is no will to implement it for Jolla).

EDIT (01.12.2014.): Could Jolla, maybe @tbr, check if this high voted question, or search topic in general is somehow on its way? Would be Unlike ;-p
@tbr says: I don't work for Jolla, sorry. How about bringing this up for the agenda of a regular community meeting? @damourti says: sorry for the confusion, yes that is more or less what I had in mind.

EDIT (28.01.2015.): @Aard worked on this feature for the N9 in Nokia and commented that such a feature "would be doable" and suggested the following (more than one year ago):

"I guess we should collect yes/no/what?! for that feature, together with information about which content the people who are using it are searching for to see if it makes sense to start with implementing search for a subset of items more easily available."

3 month ago, following the suggestion made, a poll was conducted with these questions about the search feature (see here). To this day no answer from @Aard or @Jolla.

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Do you mean that current SailfisOS version doesn't have global search? Is it included into roadmap? anyone?

LaruX ( 2013-12-26 08:49:08 +0300 )edit

@LaruX No, current Sailfish OS does not have global search and since the data is not in a single database creating global search would be more work than on N9.

veskuh ( 2013-12-31 13:05:26 +0300 )edit

So what is indexed by tracker atm?

mike7b4 ( 2013-12-31 20:46:01 +0300 )edit

I cannot recall ever using this "search" app on N9.

ortylp ( 2014-01-05 18:16:00 +0300 )edit

I believe this is a duplicate of https://together.jolla.com/question/2889/request-insert-global-search-into-pulley-menu/ - but with a much more descriptive title. https://together.jolla.com/question/6560/add-ability-to-search-apps-in-launcher/ is related as well.

flux ( 2014-01-05 18:24:08 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-02-07 18:21:42 +0300

bokal gravatar image

Look at WebOS to see a great way to implement such Global Search.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57BFIeI2V0k

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KDE implements that also very well.

Strahlex ( 2014-02-21 11:35:55 +0300 )edit

I agree, the WebOS 'Just Type' search was great, efficient and easy.

Stuarty ( 2014-02-21 12:27:34 +0300 )edit

yes kde has global search but on my laptop i turned almost of the indexing off since eat eats cpu indexing. summary is global indexing should be carefully integrated since such stuff eat battery and slow down os when db gets huge.

mike7b4 ( 2014-02-22 13:12:04 +0300 )edit

KDE does not index on battery power. Indexing on a phone is different I think there is not as much data as on a desktop.

Strahlex ( 2014-02-22 13:26:48 +0300 )edit

And remember we did so with a real hardware keyboard - how efficient and easy WebOS ....was

vandersmash ( 2014-05-08 12:03:05 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-05-12 18:16:52 +0300

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Hi all, I had started to write a simple search app as all of you here are requiring, but as answered before is not that easy 'cause tracker currently index only files and other info are spread in different data stores. I think aggregating files, apps and maybe contact can be easy. Is this will be enough or you wish something else?

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I would also like to find something with the search function in: contacts, messages, music, places (here, poi), email, documents

peter-berlin ( 2014-05-12 18:55:46 +0300 )edit

Dear netvandal, maybe just writing something for a start is best. I am happy to accept that it won't be perfect.

rob_kouw ( 2014-08-23 22:30:09 +0300 )edit

Great to see someone picked up the ball. Just release as soon as you think it's working and then you will get loads of feedback! Also, isn't music and documents just "Files" from a searchapps perspective? Indexing the MP3-Tags would be also possible (I think) but not necessary in a early version.

lispy ( 2015-01-02 09:41:32 +0300 )edit

@netvandal Are you still developing?

Yo ( 2015-07-25 16:52:50 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-10-11 00:47:29 +0300

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i was thinking about search function that is implemented in Gnome and how it would be nice to have it Jolla. It could be somewhere place above open apps on homescreen. And the way it is implemented - each app can provide its own search engine (api), so when you search you also search with every app that has it, and such apps provide each own answers to your search. That way it could be not only a search, but for example, when you type 2+2, calulator app could give you option "2+2=4". And every app developer could implement this functionality or not, its his choice

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maybe we should create wiki post to describe that kind of API for apps?

virgi26 ( 2014-10-11 00:52:22 +0300 )edit

KDE's KRunner has similar features, and is pluggable. I use it a lot. Just like Gnome's, it goes beyond a "simple" search capability. Perhaps due to the close connection between KDE and Qt it might be a better fit for Sailfish.

Fuzzillogic ( 2014-10-11 03:07:30 +0300 )edit

Aaron from KDE has been working on Sprinter (supposed to be a better technical solution). Not sure, if this would present a better choice as global Search tool for Sailfish.

anandrkris ( 2014-11-12 17:14:10 +0300 )edit

Yep. GNOME does there a good job.

hoschi ( 2015-02-27 22:38:50 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-01-02 05:15:29 +0300

dm29 gravatar image

As for now there´s Quick Luancher app in the Jolla Store which allows to find an app very quickly, so I think Jolla should have no trouble in implementing something similar within the OS. Is a must have for any platform.

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The Quick Launcher app in Jolla Store is broken since Uitukka, so no help to this issue from there :(

foss4ever ( 2015-01-02 21:31:42 +0300 )edit

Works without issue in my case with Vaarainjärvi, but I didn´t use it previously.

dm29 ( 2015-01-02 21:50:29 +0300 )edit

The question is not about searching particular app, but about searching through contacts, calendars, e-mails, notes, gallery (pictures and videos), rss feeds, songs etc, just like Nokia N9 can do.

nlsn ( 2017-03-07 13:56:20 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-01-11 23:09:06 +0300

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updated 2015-01-11 23:09:19 +0300

A way to open the keyboard anywhere to start typing (to look for files/apps/people/...): https://together.jolla.com/question/29526/suggestion-make-keyboard-easily-available-in-any-application/

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