Global search (App launcher by keyboard search?)

On iOS and optionally on KISS Launcher on Android I can swipe down from the middle of the screen to get a search box and keyboard open instantly to search for app names to launch. I would like to have the same on SailfishOS as I have difficulties finding my apps (considering they get arranged in order of installation) and I don’t manually sort apps much.


I think it’s generally called ‘global search’, and I think Palm/WebOS started it, (I like to take opportunities to plug the best OS to-date so far). It’s very handy. I’m not enough of a dev to do it, but I sense that it wouldn’t be difficult …

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Thank you, I updated the subject to include that while keeping the original one in brackets with a question mark in case it’s helpful for people who don’t know the word. I don’t think either KISS Launcher or iOS names it (unless it’s Spotlight or something similar Apple-specific).

It looks like there were at least two threads on this at TJC:

i do support that. just wanted to create a thread on that, after search for audio recorder for 2 mins in my launcher :slight_smile:
and i have only one page + 12 apps

I only recently made a comment on that issue on the Openrepos page of the launcher app “takeoff”. This app could probably extended easily by an" interactive mode" since it includes a search function and the launch mechanism already.
Just a guess.
There used to be an arm32 app in the official jolla store but it’s broken and the developer doesn’t seem to show any further interest.

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