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    Default New to Android: how to quickly search for things on device

    I am new to Android, being an iOS aficionado who decided to give Android a try.

    I am slowly but surely getting the hang of things. One thing, however, has me baffled: how do I quickly search for content on my device ( namely, contacts, apps, calendar entries, etc).

    With iOS you merely swipes to the left of the home screen and type in the search box there what you're looking for. How do I do something similar with Android? I've tried the Google gesture search app, but it doesn't seem to bring up results very reliably.

    Thanks for helping with what I am sure is an easy question.

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    Default Re: New to Android: how to quickly search for things on device

    if you are using Google Now
    You must be specific, if you say or type "Angry Birds", you will get a Google search, but if you say or type "apps Angry Birds" it will open the app.
    same thing with contacts you must say or type "call _______" or "text ________" or you will get a Google search for the name.

    You can change what apps your device can search in with Google Now settings
    Google Now > settings > phone search
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    Default Re: New to Android: how to quickly search for things on device

    That's known as local search. I haven't kept up on it, but Apple was suing the several manufactures for using it because they had a patent on it (even though many other devices used it long before Apple patented it). I know it was removed from the S3 at one point.

    I don't think they removed it from the Nexus 7 though. You mention the Gesture search. There is a simple Google Search that should be on the phone (in the app drawer or there's a widget you can add to the screen) Sorry...don't have a Nexus 7 so can't look.

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