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Ice Cream Sandwich gets dedicated search button mod

Google may be a search company first and foremost, but Ice Cream Sandwich shifts Android away from a dedicated search button and replaces it with the app switcher. Using virtual buttons has benefits for modders, however, and MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has wasted no time in adding a dedicated search option in the ICS button bar. As you'd expect, tapping it brings up the search dialog, just as the dedicated search buttons on previous Android phones would do. Google hasn't exactly excised search from Android 4.0 altogether - in fact the homescreen now has a persistent search box across the top, that's carried over all five panes - but this dedicated key makes it a little easier. Sometimes it's the little tweaks that can make the most difference to daily use, and this could well be one of them. No word on when exactly Paul might release the mod at this stage, but he tells us it will be "very shortly."

Google Offices Raided by Korean Fair Trade Commission

It appears that Google's Seoul offices have been raided today by Korean trustbusters looking for information on the possible stoppering of search opponents in the company's mobile operating system Android. Search engine company NHN (popular in the area) and Daum Communications this past April asked the country's Fair Trade Commission to investigate Google's mobile search business practices. It appears that this request may well have been the source of the raid this week, and Google has responded with compliance and assurances to the public that they've got no ill willing code in play that would make their OS an unfair playing field.

Quixey App Search Receives $3.8 Million for Development

With hundreds and thousands of mobile applications available and more being added each day, don't you wish there was an easier way to search for apps? Recently the App search service Quixey signed a deal with investors for around $3.8 million to help with research, development and to help grow new partnerships. With Quixey users will be able to search for mobile, desktop, and web apps based on what the app actually does.

Developers angry at Android Market search shakeup

Many developers of apps on the Android Market are unhappy today with the change of the search functionality on the Android Market. The search tweaks have seen a lot of developers that had popular apps in the past plummet in popularity and search ranking. The shakeup has seen apps that previously ranked very highly for specific keywords not return in the rankings at all for the same searches today.

Get Google Search on your Verizon Fascinate before 2.2 (without root)

Since the announcement of Bing on some of Verizon’s handsets many people want Google search back on their Android phones. Now that is possible on the newly released Fascinate with just a third-party launcher and a single download. This does not require root and brings native Google search and voice search back to the homescreen.

Bing not taking over all phones on Verizon

It turns out that Bing, the popular search engine from Microsoft, will not be the only search engine on all future Android phones. Verizon reported to LaptopMag that Bing will “not be the search engine on all of our phones in the future.”

Swype Beta Has Been Updated

A new version of Swype is now available to all of you lucky people that managed to get in on the beta testing. This keyboard has been preinstalled on a few phones and has yet to make its way onto the Android Market. This update includes a few bugs fixes and performance tweaks.

Vlingo for Android – Get it Now on Android Market!

Vlingo is now available for download in the android market. This app allows you to speak to your phone to perform a variety of different task such as sending SMS or even tweets. It also allows using Google Maps, Google Search, sending emails and searching the web all via voice commands.
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