Mobile Search Category Archive
For the many people (at least in my part of the world) that do not yet own smart phones or run around with iPads or other tablets, the whole app store idea can seem strange way to spend lots of money for what you can already do on a computer. But with so much development occurring with apps, it is good to know what is available. So for those without an app consuming device and for those who just wish to browse the app market place when not on their device, enter App Search Engine Quixey. Still in beta, Quixey is a fascinating place to browse. It has a broad definition of apps and searches within the following categories:
- Chrome add-ons
- Firefox add-ons
- IE add-ons
- Windows Phone
Note that it includes web browser add-ons and general software programs for different operating systems as well as mobile apps. The ability to quickly view just what works on your platform (and for that matter see what runs on other platforms) helps make it easy to explore the apps marketplace.
Additional filters on the left include Price (fee or free), Related Searches, Flickr integrated apps, Apps with reviews at TechCrunch, products at Crunchbase, and Security Ratings from CheckPoint. The search results (the apps) are listed in one column and next to them is a column of "snippets" about the app.
The search technology itself takes a slightly different approach: "Quixey invented a new type of search, functional search, specifically for apps. Unlike other search engines, Quixey doesn't require users to know the name or exact description of that app- all users need to do is answer the search prompt, "What do you want to do?" Quixey produces the most relevant search results by scraping blogs, forums, social media and other sources to learn about each app. Our unique technology for app discovery provides users with search results dramatically better than traditional content based search."
Hat tip to Gary at INFOdocket for the alert to this great new search engine. See the Quixey promotional video below.