Searchr Is An Everyday Tool That Combines Search With Apps

July 20, 2014 — by Adeel Qayum0


When it comes to using search on iOS, we mostly think of Spotlight.

However, the Spotlight in iOS does not have filters or search classifiers, as it does in OS X.

Searchr is an iOS app from a developer that realized this, so it functions like Spotlight but has filters for the information you want to search for specific apps. It lets you launch apps, and has several other features.

The results are filtered by apps so if you’re searching for a file in Dropbox, you can scroll down for each result from the resource.

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Google+ App Updated with Filters and Photo Editing Features

March 26, 2013 — by Sette Capati0


It appears that photo filters and editing options are now anchored to social networking sites. It’s not surprising anymore if Google adapts these features, which are now officially integrated in to the Google Plus iOS application.

Google Plus version 4.3.0 comes with new photo editing features, filters, and crop options. The update rolled out on the 25th of March, including a new profile design, notifications tray, set-up flow for new users, and many more.


Microsoft and Samsung Try to Patent Apple’s Pinch and Zoom Concept

March 11, 2013 — by Sette Capati1


Software giant Microsoft and South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics try to patent Apple’s “Pinch and Zoom” concept, which was popularized (and patented) six years ago on mobile devices, particularly with the introduction of iPhone.

It’s understandable why Google, their ecosystem and even Microsoft would love this patent to be invalidated, because it’s one of those perfect features that you have to have in order to be a modern day touch-screen computer. Well that doesn’t seem to faze Microsoft in the least.

The US Patent Office recently published a new patent application showing Microsoft’s engineers that they have actually invented the “Pinch and Zoom” concept as if Apple’s technology (and patent) never existed. Microsoft describes in their filing:

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How to Use Google Maps and Siri Without Jailbreaking your iPhone

December 20, 2012 — by Sette Capati0


As you know, Google Maps is finally out. And while most of us are busy tinkering this rich-featured third party app, qualified as a solid replacement for Apple’s iOS Maps, there is another way you can integrate it with Siri without jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad.

Anyway, for the record, it’s easier to integrate Siri with Google Maps as the default guide with a jailbroken device. You know how it works using the legacy devices. However, it doesn’t end there. You can also execute this command using your iPhone 5.


Set Google Maps as the Default Maps App with MapsOpener

December 15, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum0


Google Maps app has been welcomed with open arms by the iOS community. It took just a few days before it become the number 1 free app on the App Store. However, there’s a problem faced by everyone who is downloading this app. It’s not set to default, and every map link is still going to open on the stock maps app. However, there has been a solution released in the form of MapsOpener. It’s a jailbreak application that will open the maps links in the maps app by Google.

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Finally Google Maps App is Back to iOS 6

December 13, 2012 — by Sette Capati5


Google Maps AppGoogle comes with a right-hook punch to Google Maps today. Yes! The native maps for iOS is now available with rich-features and intuitive functionality. Few months ago, We featured an update about Google Building Separate Maps App for iPhone and iPad, and the timeline was close to what the analysts predicted.

The company has spent seven years refining its offering to make the app as gorgeous as possible. The team’s efforts and hard work paid off – the internal systems, UI, smooth graphics that run like a video game, new swipe gestures that pop up the menus and more. The UI experience is contagious.

Drew Olanoff of TechCrunch also mentioned some drawbacks.

“Now here’s the bad news on this version of Google Maps, there are no biking directions, offline mode (although as soon as you get a route, it is cached on your device), indoor maps or offers as of yet. This would seem to be incomplete, but clearly the team wanted to put together a fantastic Maps app that serves the need of iOS users right this moment. Yes, Google didn’t want to pack everything in too tightly until the world had a chance to play with it. Fair enough, but some of these things would have been nice.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Progressive user interface in vector based
  • Speed and search features (very fast)
  • Swipe gesture for “info sheet” that display the info of the place
  • Guided voice navigation for directions (driving and walking)
  • 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View
  • Fully optimised for iPhone 5

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Overall, Google maps is not absolutely perfect though. But it works better than Apple Maps. Think about the capacity of Google’s power house when transferring data to your device over 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi. Impressive, isn’t?

If you’re using iOS 6, go ahead to replace the stock Maps app with Google Maps. Even you’re using lower version of iOS, the new Google Maps app offers much better feature and streamlined experience. You can download Google Maps for free from App Store.

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Google Updates YouTube and Gmail App for iPhone and iPad

December 6, 2012 — by Sette Capati0


Google rolls out new updates for YouTube app and Gmail app for iOS devices. Both apps now support iPhone 5’s display, other functions compatible to iOS 6, and UI of Apple iPad tablet.

Horia Ciurdar, Software Engineer of Google posted an update on YouTube app.

You love watching YouTube on the go—in fact—more than 25 percent of all YouTube watching happens on mobile. This past September you got the YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch to make it easier to find and share the videos and channels you love on YouTube, and you made us the #1 free app in the App Store for two months.


NowNow Allows You To Launch Google Voice Search With Activator Gestures

November 10, 2012 — by Adeel Qayum1


Google’s new voice search app has been welcomed by the iOS users. The new voice search is faster than Siri, and the search displays information cards read out aloud. Siri, on the other hand, remains silent on Wolfram Alpha. At the moment, you manually have to initiate Google voice search, but NowNow is a new Cydia tweak that allows you launch Google voice search from anywhere with the help of any Activator gesture. Read on for more details.

As a pre-requisite of the tweak, Google search application has to be installed on the device. After installation, you have the option to allow the app to access your current location, which will allow you to send location-sensitive queries. You can also get it to read the search results out loud by changing the voice search language to U.S English.


5 Alternative Maps Apps for iOS 6

November 1, 2012 — by Simon Ng2


This is a guest post by Simon Drew.

So you have just updated your iPhone to iOS 6 and found that the new Maps app leaves a lot to be desired. This is not surprising considering that the new Apple Maps app has been one of the most criticised aspects of iOS 6. Many businesses are incorrectly located, towns are named incorrectly, and some businesses that ceased trading years ago are still displayed at their former locations. Recognising the shockingly poor service that some people are experiencing with its Maps, Apple has itself recommended some alternatives while it works on ironing out many of the problems that have been highlighted.