Android Device Search SHOW-DOWN



We've decided to do a more scientific experiment to see which android search engine is the fastest.

First, we started our experiment by measuring search speed. The three apps used here are Google Now, Aviate, and of course, WhereDat. The device that we used for testing is a 2014 Moto G.

By making a screen recording and cropping videos from the tested app's first action to the time when the final search result appeared, we measured the speed of each launcher.

Those videos are uploaded on YouTube so you can see the results for yourself, just look for the corresponding video next to each experiment.

We did 4 tests--two to show search speed, and another two to show app efficiency. In case you do not feel like reading through the following results, we created a handy infographic compiling our findings. Feel free to share. :)


Contact Search Speed

For our ‘contact experiment’, I used my co-founder Oded as a test case. I obviously contact him often, but not so much that he's on my home screen since most of our communication is done over Slack or Trello.

Timed results when searching for 'Oded':

• WhereDat: .70 seconds                            see video on Youtube 

• Aviate: 2.09 seconds                                see video on Youtube 

• Google Now: 5.15 seconds                       see video on Youtube  

Conclusions? WhereDat is 2.9x faster than Aviate, and 7.15x faster than Google Now.

App Search Speed

Searching for an app; in this case, Snapchat:

• WhereDat: .15 seconds      see video on Youtube     

• Aviate: 1.88 seconds       see video on Youtube    

• Google Now: 5.12       see video on Youtube    

Here, WhereDat is 12.53x faster than Aviate, 34.13x faster than Google Now.

Testing the Search UX

Next, we tested the UX of the search engines by counting how many taps or swipes it takes the user to complete a search action. For the contact experiment we used the same criteria as in the search speed results, i.e. searching for a person you contact sometimes, but who isn’t in your top five. In other words, his/her contact info isn't on your home screen as a shortcut.

Number of steps taken to find John's Contact Info

WhereDat: 2 steps

           1. tap Home

           2. tap "J"

Google Now Launcher: 6 steps:

           1. tap home

           2. tap the phone app

           3. tap the search bar on top

           4. tap "J"

           5. tap "o"

           6. tap "h" (the phone app ranks the contacts alphabetically)    

Aviate: 6 steps:

           1. tap home

           2. tap the phone app

           3. tap the search bar on top

           4. tap “j”

           5. tap “o”

           6. tap “h”

Previously Aviate was much faster than Google Now, but in this case the two were identical (because Aviate’s phone app ranks the contacts alphabetically). In our tests, WhereDat requires 3x fewer steps than Google Now and Aviate.

Number of steps taken to find an app

We decided to use Yelp for this example. It's an app we use on a regular basis, but not enough to put it on our home screen.

WhereDat: 2 steps

           1. tap home

           2. tap "y"

Google Now launcher: 3 steps

           1. (assuming Yelp is on your second home screen; if it's further away, more swipes will be needed) swipe left

           2. tap the app

           3. swipe right to return to your home screen after closing Yelp

Aviate: 3 steps

           1. Tap home

           2. swipe left

           3. open restaurant category 

In this example the results aren't as dramatic, but WhereDat still comes out as the most efficient. 

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