Comparing the iOS Spotlight Search with the Spotlight Search for Android (WhereDat)
Our goal in building WhereDat was to build the Spotlight Search for Android.
Of course, the iOS operating system is quite different than the Android OS, so there are distinct differences.
We put up some screenshots side by side so you can see the differences between Spotlight Search and WhereDat.
Accessing the Search
In order to open the iPhone's Spotlight Search, (left) you need to swipe down, and then tap on the search bar in order to open the keyboard.
With WhereDat, (right) we essentially made the Spotlight Search into a launcher, with your homepage set-up to search. The keyboard is already open, all you do is tap a letter to begin searching.
Here, both searches are similar. They're both instant, showing results as you type.
The only major difference is the way the search results are oriented. Spotlight Search has them top-to-bottom, whereas WhereDat organizes them bottom-to-top for reachability. The top ranked result is closer to your finger.
Searching Google, the Playstore, and Maps
When you scroll all the way down on Spotlight search you have the option to search the Web, the App Store, or Maps.
WhereDat has similar functionality, except we took it a step further and created deep searches so you can search directly into the Playstore and Maps apps, while the Google search results show up instantly.
And much more...
As we said, our initial inspiration was iOS's spotlight search, but we're working on making it much better and we have many more features to come.
You can download WhereDat for free, here.
We'd love to hear from you... What should we add to WhereDat to make it even better than iOS's spotlight search? ;-)