#PMChallenge Editable and Customisable Launcher Search Bar

  1. pa5t1s Marshmallow Feb 6, 2019

    pa5t1s, Feb 6, 2019 :

    If you are old enough to remember the good ole days of the Internet and browsers (someone said Internet Explorer?), you can probably remember this kind of stuff


    Sooo many Search engines and bars for a single purpose: Find What You Need Fast!
    Ok, Ok, times have changed, but we're now stuck to Google Search, most of the time...

    But, wait, there are still many other Search Engines! Duck Duck Go, Bing, Quant ([​IMG]) aso...

    Why can't we change the Engine in the Search Bar?

    Those of you checking and reading IT bleeding-edged news will immediately object: "Hey @pa5t1s , Lawnchair is already preparing that in their v2-beta version!".
    Yes, I know. :)

    Let's make it better!

    Once upon a time, there was a nice little extension for Windows (XP, remember?) called Dave's QuickSearch Taskbar Toolbar Deskbar. Check here.
    It was (and still is) a smart little nice extension where you can
    - use any existing Search Engines in one single place on your screen
    - create any kind of specialised search engine, on any site providing some search form.
    Are you using any specific site daily (web-store, music site...)? Let's search it from your Home screen like you would with Google!

    What is the proposed function?

    Implement a customisable and editable Search widget as Oxygen Launcher's Search Bar.
    1- Ability to choose your preferred Search Engine, instead of Google's predefined
    2- Ability to Add your own Search Engine, as a shortcut to some kind of form used by the site itself (if relevant)
    3-Ability to Edit or Templatize your Search Form the same way DQSD did (or better if technology allows it)

    Who are the users?

    All users are potentially concerned, provided they like to have a Search Widget/Bar on their Home screen :)

    What is the user value?

    1- Personalize its space and increase its productivity with a personal and enhanced way to search its environment. No need to ask Google who's gonna ask your site in a loose way: go to the point at first try!

    Existing comparable functions in the smartphone industry?
    1- there are a couple of nice widget implementations around, one of them being Custom Search Bar Widget by Nate Wren. Everything is almost here, except that you have to use predefined search engines.
    2- Lawnchair is working on such a widget/functionality for their version v2 (still in beta), and I have no idea about the logic/schem used...
    But, as far as I know, they will let people use existing (and identified) search engines.
    We want to add any custom search engines/forms

    Design goal/Design Thinking

    We basically want a Home widget looking like the standard Google's widget, with two main additions:
    1- Choose another Search Engine
    Long Press on the Left icon displays a popup list of available engines. Click on one to select it as current engine
    2- Edit or Create a new one.
    Long Press or Click on a Right icon to enter Settings
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019

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  2. Mr. BG Marshmallow Feb 6, 2019

    Mr. BG, Feb 6, 2019 :
    Quite brilliant, I like Duckduckgo, despite the silly name.

    I just gave away my old Netscape Navigator 1.0 disk set to a collector.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019

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  3. pablofg1978 Spanish POC Assistant Head Moderator Feb 6, 2019

    pablofg1978, Feb 6, 2019 :
    Check the official challenge thread, your entry does not follow the contest rules

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  4. pa5t1s Marshmallow Feb 7, 2019

    pa5t1s, Feb 7, 2019 :
    Initial Post edited to include requirements (well, almost). Thanks for the headup ;)

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  6. pa5t1s Marshmallow Feb 7, 2019

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  7. hennes Lollipop Feb 7, 2019

    hennes, Feb 7, 2019 :
    For privacy reasons alone, I think your suggestion is very good, but also because it gives me more room to finally find things you are looking for. I would extend it to Linux/KDE plasma search, so that you can search for anything, but you can also just set that you can search offline only on the device.


    Geate idea, thank you

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  8. agoinfly Lollipop Feb 7, 2019

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019

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  9. pa5t1s Marshmallow Feb 7, 2019

    pa5t1s, Feb 7, 2019 :
    You're welcome! Glad that you can use and stretch this idea.
    BTW, it's not *mine* -strictly speaking-: I'm just a guy loving to revive and unbury old but good and sharp ideas of the past because we can always learn from the Past, provided we can properly transpose it to the Present and Future, with new eyes.

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  10. Its.Leandroo The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Feb 9, 2019

    Its.Leandroo, Feb 9, 2019 :
    Just so you know, DuckDuckGo does actually collect data from you. I read through their privacy documents and they admit that they do so. (albeit in a bit confusing way).