1. You want that $100.00 in your pocket or an Amazon Fire TV don't you? Well here's the deal. With our new updated look we are in desperate need of an updated logo. The 'old' one has certainly served us well, but it's time. Find all the details here: bit.ly/1q0k6Wa
  2. DroidForums.net is currently undergoing a major software upgrade. If you are experiencing any problems logging in please: Contact Us

how to start contacts search instead of google search when typing?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid Pro' started by semya, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. semya
    Offline

    semya New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    when I unlock my droid pro and am looking at the desktop, I can start typing using the hardware keyboard. however instead of searching in contacts, the phone launches google search and starts a web-search. can this be changed? it was so convenient to start looking for a person on your contact list this way on my BB Bold 9700 (especially driving).
  2. hookbill
    Offline

    hookbill Premium Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2009
    Messages:
    19,545
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    N.E. Ohio
    One way or another you have to put your phone into contacts and search there. You can do this either by just pressing the contacts icon on the home screen, or by putting your phone in your car on car dock and pressing contacts.

    On the Car Dock screen you should see some spaces where you can load a few favorites.

    I have pretty good success with Voice search. Long press on the search icon. But not everyone does. Usually it works if you say "Call Mary Mobil" and it will look on your contacts list.
  3. semya
    Offline

    semya New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    All of these options still look like workarounds to me. But thanks anyway. Why would a Browser be able to capture my keyboard, and I can't bind that to contacts search? IMO, Droid Pro still lacks such a simple and obvious feature. Sometimes I wonder if any of Droid Pro engineers ever used a blackberry phone themselves.

    I guess this can only be fixed on a ROM-level. So only a custom ROM will actually be able to make Droid Pro closer to Blackberry in relation to hardware keyboard utilization.
  4. KZIWarrior
    Offline

    KZIWarrior Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Messages:
    2,625
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    :sad: this is one of the few things I miss from WinMo... After a year of Android I've all but forgotten about it until you brought it up. I use BT most of the time so I can just voice-dial most people best rec I could make is to create a shortcut to your contacts or (for the numbers you dial often) create a 'direct call' folder with all your routine contacts in it.
  5. kjjb0204
    Offline

    kjjb0204 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2010
    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    You can change what it searches from the universal search. Menu - settings - search - searchable items. This is where you specify what that search function from your home screen will search on your device. Uncheck everything but contacts. I have mine only for contacts and music search. If I want a web search, just hit enter after typing and it will automatically hit google search. Otherwise, it starts searching as you type, so type what you want and don't hit enter (unless you want to web search).

    My biggest complaint about the home screen universal search is that it only displays 8 results. I have 17 Michael's and 11 Joseph's in my contacts and it doesn't show enough. Also, sometimes it doesn't catch that first letter I type and gets hung and force closes.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2011
  6. Ride
    Offline

    Ride New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2010
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    This how I have mine set up and it works just like my old Be's. Add the No lock app, and it mimics BB perfectly:
    - hit keyboard to wake phone
    - start typing Smith, it pulls them up and select one
    - either pick a number to call
    Or
    Just start typing on keyboard to send an SMS

    Sent from my DROID PRO using DroidForums App
  7. semya
    Offline

    semya New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2011
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Great! That's what I was looking for. Thank you for the awesome hint!

    This is also very nice! Didn't know about it.
  8. SoftWyer
    Offline

    SoftWyer New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2011
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Quick Search Box

    (apologies if this is not possible on your device)

    Under OS 2.2 you can add the Google Quick Search Box (aka Universal Search) widget to the home screen and choose the search provider.

    If you want to see more than the 8 contacts, then try another Contacts Search application.
Search tags for this page

android contact search widget

,

android contacts search widget

,
android google search only contacts
,
android phone can't search contacts when typing first letter
,
android search box contacts
,
android type home google search
,

contact search widget android

,
droid coitact widget cant select contacts
,
droid semya
,
google search pulling up contacts on droid
,
how does google search contacts
,
search contacts widget android
,
search phone contacts only on android