21
May
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If you liked my speedy QR code tips before, you're going to love the tip I have for you today. Ever since the Android web Market was launched, I found myself loading the homepage just to make a search approximately 17 million times a day, give or take a few. As you know, the web Market homepage is quite heavy, so loading it just to make a search, especially while tethering on a slow connection, was starting to get kind of annoying.

In an effort to save both time and clicks (hello, Carpal Tunnel), I've created a much handier way of firing up a search with only a few strokes and without the need for any tools outside of Firefox or Chrome.

What

Here's how it works - I go to the url bar, type in ams, press Space, then the search term, and Enter. The search is immediately performed.

How

Firefox

Step 1

Create a Bookmark in Firefox by right clicking anywhere in the Bookmarks Toolbar or the Bookmarks dropdown (in Firefox 4, press Alt-B if you can't see the menu):

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Step 2

I named mine AMS for Android Market Search because I add a ton of shortcuts to the Bookmarks Toolbar, where space is limited, but you can name it whatever you want.

Enter the location as https://market.android.com/search?q=%s and pick a short keyword, such as ams.

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Final Result

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Chrome

An even better and more elegant solution exists for Chrome since it uses a single bar for searching and entering urls.

Step 1

Open up the Options tab:

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Step 2

Click Manage search engines...

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Step 3

At the bottom, add a new search engine like so:

"Android Market" - "ams" - https://market.android.com/search?q=%s.

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You're done!

Final Result

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And voila - now you're searching the Android web Market like a boss.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Trevor

    For Firefox, this works even better (at least as of 5.0 beta, probably also for 4.0):

    http://mycroft.mozdev.org/search-engines.html?name=android+market

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That works too, but I purposely omitted it because it requires a change to the current search provider, vs the other methods that are transparent and don't touch existing browser settings. But a great solution for those who want to replace Firefox's search engine (just not me).

  • Bernie

    Great tip! Simplicity itself in Chrome and really fast.

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    Ah! Excellent! Now you've given me insight into how Chrome mystically comes up with that 'search in Amazon:' thing. Yay! I thought it was random. Now I can add other keywords. Thanks!

  • http://blog.samat.org/ Samat

    Seems like a relatively difficult way to do this?

    1. Go to market.android.com
    2. Right click on the search box
    3. Click "Add a Keyword for this Search" (Firefox), Chrome is similar

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Interesting tip - I had no idea Firefox had this feature. It's essentially a shortcut for doing the same thing as above.

      Just checked Chrome though and didn't see anything similar.

      • Geraldo

        I didn't know either, but it's really cool... Thanks @Samat! You're very informative.

  • Recluse

    Will this work on th dell streak?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      This tip is for desktop browsers.

  • Mhag

    On Opera:

    1.Go to Menu>Settings>Preferences>Search>Add

    2. Name: (type a name here) i.e: Android Market Search
    Keyword: (usually one-letter long. Used fto search directly from the address bar) i.e: m
    Address: https://market.android.com/search?q=%s

    3. Save and done!

  • Naaaame

    Anyone know how to do this for Amazon? I tried a few different ways but it doesn't seem to work.

  • sunny

    fantastic...works great in chrome.

  • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

    I simply use the firefox/thunderbird addon call "Search with". You highlight any word, right click and select from a list of web sites.

    It's blindingly fast way to look up anything.