Rumor: Windows Phone 8 to feature global search

As the Windows Phone Developer Summit approaches really soon, we have a Windows Phone 8 rumor that reveals just one of the features that may be coming to the platform. According to the folks at Insideris, who have obtained reliable leaks in the past, Windows Phone 8 will feature a global search option that can be activated right from the start screen.

Mock-up of where the global search button would be

According to them, underneath the arrow that shows all your apps there will be a search icon that brings up the global search feature. When you type in this screen, Windows Phone 8 will apparently search your entire phone for relevant results, including "contacts, apps, games and more", meaning that it will become much easier to perform simple tasks such as looking up a contact or finding a specific application.

Of course both Android and iOS have included a similar feature for quite some time, as does Windows 8 (as Insideris pointed out), but this will be a first in the realm of Windows Phone and should be one of many new features demonstrated in Windows Phone 8. Be on the lookout for more information on WP8 as the Developer Summit approaches.

Source: Insideris | Thanks to FoxieFoxie for the tip!

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derekaw said,
So there will be two search buttons? The old one and the new one?

I'm more curious about how they would be able to have a search button on the home screen like this and a search button on the accompanying app list...

neonspark said,
can't wait for windows phone 8 demos. I hope all the secrecy will pay off because little has leaked so far.

I know! It's really amazing that nothing much has come out thus far. I really can't wait for them to show this off.

jasonon said,
finally! I'm wondering how they will differentiate it from "bing" search

Current search options are differentiated pretty well I think.

Funny how they have been telling us that the smartphone beta test is over, when, as you can see by the WinPho sales figures, we have been in the beta test with WinPho all along.

The platform will fly when it not only can do everything the other phones can do, but more. Not rocket science. Will the smartphone beta test really be over with WinPho8. I think that was the plan all along.

I'm much more interested in having a notification center akin to iOS and Android. Personally, that's the only missing feature from the other mobile OS' that I really want. Combine that with native development (thus a lot more portable apps), and I think WP8 would absolutely be the platform to beat.

pickypg said,
I'm much more interested in having a notification center akin to iOS and Android. Personally, that's the only missing feature from the other mobile OS' that I really want. Combine that with native development (thus a lot more portable apps), and I think WP8 would absolutely be the platform to beat.

The notification center would be awesome. I saw a mockup of this a fan did where you swipe left to get to it from the home screen and that would be VERY nice...

Really bugs me that they have left so much empty space above the first two tiles. I'd rather see the tip of the 4th row, than have the bottom of the 3rd row cut off.

DARKFiB3R said,
Really bugs me that they have left so much empty space above the first two tiles. I'd rather see the tip of the 4th row, than have the bottom of the 3rd row cut off.
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Interesting point. I think we might see that on bigger 4"+ screens with WP8.

DARKFiB3R said,
Really bugs me that they have left so much empty space above the first two tiles. I'd rather see the tip of the 4th row, than have the bottom of the 3rd row cut off.

That doesn't bother me... Personally I would be more annoyed if the notification bar covered more of the top tiles... Since they show content on them, that can be a little frustrating.

DARKFiB3R said,
Really bugs me that they have left so much empty space above the first two tiles. I'd rather see the tip of the 4th row, than have the bottom of the 3rd row cut off.

I cropped that photo, just letting you know. Windows Phone 7 actually shows almost a full four rows normally.

Scorpus said,

I cropped that photo, just letting you know. Windows Phone 7 actually shows almost a full four rows normally.


My bad, I should have said 4 and 5, I've actually got a Lumia 800

Where it is as standard, and where I think it should be (roughly)...

http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/6048/dsc06215d.jpg

I don't see the point in cutting stuff off, just for the sake of it, or just to keep with the design philosophy.

It works well in other places, and I quite like it, but here It's just wasted space, and makes it slightly less usable due to cutting off the text at the bottom, which could be anything in that location.

You may also notice that I have managed to disable the search button, which I'm always hitting by mistake with the fat part of my palm/thumb

6 layers of electrical tape, in case you are wondering lol. Really wish somebody would make a case with that feature built in. Proper gets on my tits.

Edited by FiB3R, May 29 2012, 1:21pm :

Windows 8 needs a universal search, too. Sure, it's great to have filter options, but I don't want to type a name of a file and then click "files" just to show files with that name. Search should always be universal by default.

Drossel said,
Windows 8 needs a universal search, too. Sure, it's great to have filter options, but I don't want to type a name of a file and then click "files" just to show files with that name. Search should always be universal by default.

Just for your information - in case you don't know - pressing WinKey+F, then typing allows you to search files without having to type a name of a file and then click "files".

Of course both Android and iOS have included a similar feature for quite some time

Even BlackBerry OS has had universal search since BB 6.

contextual function of the search hardware button was one of the best ideas WP had but was taken after nodo update - still can't understand why... MS should bring it back

Morden said,
contextual function of the search hardware button was one of the best ideas WP had but was taken after nodo update - still can't understand why... MS should bring it back

critics whined about the inconsistent behavior of the search button...you know...those dumbasses that have already been absorbed into the distortion field.

FalseAgent said,

critics whined about the inconsistent behavior of the search button...you know...those dumbasses that have already been absorbed into the distortion field.

Yeah, which was so silly. It was a very nice feature.

FalseAgent said,

critics whined about the inconsistent behavior of the search button...you know...those dumbasses that have already been absorbed into the distortion field.

this. plus I think they also used that opportunity to try promoting bing. however, they could've used long press to activate contextual search, and short press for bing

ctrl_alt_delete said,

this. plus I think they also used that opportunity to try promoting bing. however, they could've used long press to activate contextual search, and short press for bing

I would like long press to go to search anyway so that you don't end up taking yourself out of a game or something by accident...

Windows Phone 7 doesn't have that? I'm still very interested to find out whether current Windows Phones will be upgraded to version 8. At least the most recent ones...

.Neo said,
Windows Phone 7 doesn't have that? I'm still very interested to find out whether current Windows Phones will be upgraded to version 8. At least the most recent ones...

Me too. Given Microsoft's track record and goals though, I expect at least a paired down version of WP8 though... Maybe with some unsupported features turned off ala front facing camera in Mango.

.Neo said,
Windows Phone 7 doesn't have that? I'm still very interested to find out whether current Windows Phones will be upgraded to version 8. At least the most recent ones...

WP7 phones won't be upgradeable to WP8 according to Paul Thurrott