Use Search Operators In Android Market To Clean Up Search Results

Quite often, searching the Android Market gives you less than helpful results. It turns out, however, that the Market uses smart search operators, so you can further refine your search terms and find the app you're looking for.

It's remarkable how some searches will give you 20 useless results before you find what you're looking for. Sometimes the official app for a product is way down the list of results, and other apps have extra themes, fonts, and skins that make the original app harder to find. Reader cinnamonster, however, has a solution:

Search in the Android Market supports smart search operators such as - and <code+. Especially useful when you are searching for an actual app and not a theme or a skin (e.g. home replacements or keyboards).

It's a simple tip, but one we didn't know about, and is pretty neat depending on the app you're searching for. Found any other cool Market search tricks? Share them with us in the comments.


    Yes - and what do - and <code+ actually do?

    Please finish the article and explain how these search operators work.

    From the images of the Market search screen, I'm guessing that the - means 'excluding', but I haven't worked out what <code+ means.

      The "<code" is a HTML error it is just meant to be "- and +". But yeah a little bit more of a hind on using them in the market would be nice. I get what the - does how does the + affect the result?

        I'm guessing the + and - operators behave the same is the Market as general Google searches, it is Google after all.

        So my assumptions are:

        - Excludes the term (eg. -theme excludes everything that has the word "theme")

        + Generally means the term is not optional, that the word must appear in the results somewhere. Note: This is not always strictly true, you'll still get results without the term, but they'll generally be lower down the list than results containing the term. (eg. +font will generally put fonts to the top of the results list.)

        Hmmm, I wonder it quotes eg. "foo bar" also work?

    examples would be nice..

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