Extend default contact search to notes, organizations and postal addresses.
A friend was talking about his favorite specialty meat shop. We asked him for a phone number. He pulls out his iPhone, hesitates and says:
- I don't remember the name of the shop.
- No problem, why don't you just type meat in the search?
- Well, this thing only searches through names.
- Hah! Just wait for Android. It'll find everything!
As it turned out, Android as well searches contacts only by name!
Not anymore! We extend this search to notes, organizations and postal addresses so you can now find your auto service or massage therapist without remembering the name. You don't use your Contacts search, instead it integrates with the Search Widget (or Google Search Widget) right on your home screen. Just simply use the Search Widget (or Google Search Widget) to search for all your contacts now!
Before the application can be used, the Search Widget (or Google Search Widget) needs to be made aware of it. From home screen click Menu button and select Settings followed by Search followed by Searchable Items. Once there, make sure that Contact Search+ is checked.
Now you can add some notes to your contacts.
When you search for word in your contact's note for the first time, the contact will not show on the top of search suggestions. You have to scroll all the way down to More results... where you will see results supplied by Contact Search+. Tap on it.
It will expand. Tap on the expanded area and you will see your contacts.
When you have selected the results from More results... several times (about five times) the phone will realize that these are legitimate results and will promote the suggestions to the top of the list. Simply tap on the contact to show the details.
Run Contact Search+ to set which fields of the contact data and how will they be searched.