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Searchify Adds Keyword Searches To Android

Android: The search bar in Android can do a lot of things, but not everything that, say, Chrome’s OmniBar can do. The free Searchify app not only gives you keyword search powers, but also some other neat search shortcut tricks.

After installing Searchify and “training” Android’s universal search — accessible from the home screen widget or the magnifying glass button on most phones — to bring up its results more often, you’ll be able to use your search bar to quickly convert units, search and add Google Calendar entries, translate text, pull off basic maths, and a few other neat shortcuts. Where Searchify really becomes useful, though, is its keyword search add-in. It works just like Chrome’s keyword bookmarks: set a keyword, like “lh” for Lifehacker, then paste in a search URL, replacing your search term with %s. From then on, you’ll be able to quickly pull up those searches right from your home screen, or at the push of a button.

Searchify is a free download for Android phones, available in the Market. Figured out a handy use for Searchify in your Android search bar? You better believe we’re interested in hearing about it.

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