Android L is overflowing with new features and clever little tweaks, but none of that will be official until later this year. Not wanting to wait around, the CM folks have already borrowed (or "kanged" if you must) a feature from Android L. In the 0701 nightly builds, there is now a handy universal settings search button.

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Just pop open the main system settings and there will be a search icon in the upper right corner. Tap it and you can enter any search term you like and get results in a drop down. The UI is still a bit different than what happens in L, but it gets the job done. A few OEMs (like Samsung) have done the same thing – it's not a huge innovation, just commonsense.

The original announcement of this feature was deleted from Google+, but the CyanogenMod reshare remains for right now. I'm not sure why it was removed, but the feature is definitely live as seen in our screens. Go ahead and flash, if that's your thing.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • meijin3

    I hope that's released in the M8 build!

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

      Good question, since the feature freeze happened a few days ago.

  • Carlos

    OT: KitKat had to be KLP before its release but we know why they changed the name.. After it they named new android version 4.4 to KitKat and upcong android version is L something.. But next version after L may be named as P something... This is possible KLP - Kitkat - L(?ollipop) - P(?*?
    Nice :D

    • mgamerz

      Or it could be that Key Lime Pie just happens to have a word that starts with an L after a word that starts with a K.

      • Carlos

        Yes it could...

    • Kcls

      Why would the skip M, N, and O?

      • Carlos

        Klp + key lime pie

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      IMO You're overthinking this, really.

      • Carlos

        Nope. I said.. It's possible... And not that will happen.. Or something like that...
        Use brains

        • Chris

          You are clearly wrong... But I guess it's something worth considering?

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          Erm... Yeah... I used mine. And it said: "Yeah, it's possible. It's also possible they stop naming Android after desserts and start naming it after acclaimed contemporary philosophers. Which would be pretty cool. But why would I consider that without any evidence apart from my tastes, a conspiracy theory revolving around dropped codenames, and a will for sudden and exciting shifts of direction in an operating system I love?". So, by using my 'brains', I dropped the whole thing...

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    • Marcell Lévai

      I don't know what made you come up with this. Nothing indicates this, there's no reason for them to break their naming convention according to your rule. It doesn't make sense. No. Just no.

    • alphabetpro

      The next version after L is going to be named M...something.

  • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

    They have only made it to show how pitful are Google's improvements and "new" features - you can make them within.. well.. a week.

    • Darrien Glasser

      Yeah I know. Have you seem Project Volta? That thing is a piece of pure crap.


      Like seriously, Google can only get 2 extra hours of SoT with a software update? What is this, rookie hour?

      • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

        Well. I think pr. Volta is quite interesting, because it boosts visibly battery life, so I guess this one move were quite useful, it is hard to improve battery life inly with software. And that is especially surprising when you bare in mind they made "L" even more effective with all those transitions, animation etc. So generaly, it should be more battery draining, and we can see improvement. It is one of these features they made really good. But all those improvements are really less, that I could count them on one hand.

        • Darrien Glasser

          Then I recommend checking out Anandtech's "closer look" at everything Google did with ART. You'll need a couple more hands after that.


          • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

            They were working on it since a year and it is no any new feature, as it's here since JB. Yeah, I know it is most anticipated update in Android's history, but really? New API's is everything they can give us - only developers will see really big benefits from it. OS is mainly features and possibilities, and Android hasn't many of them, Google though - doesn't try to make them more. Sad.

          • http://shywim.fr/ Matthieu Harlé

            Oh you know what developers do with the APIs Google give us? Apps for you. APIs is not just because we want to develop things, huh. If there wasn't users that uses these apps, there would be no point in making it.
            You're just full of rage, for a reason obscure to us.

          • http://www.thejunglephoto.pw Thejungle

            I am not full of rage. You're missing the point. I'm rather full of disappointment. I don't say I won't use Android, I am happy with what I get, but thinking clearly, Android should become a combine-harvester in these 4 years. It should be a real, full capable of doing multiple, useful things OPERATING SYSTEM. If this is all about apps, let's call it just a API-host, not OS. Right? Think about it, buddy.

          • another entitled douche

            Yeah! I want my OPERATING SYSTEM to run my rocket ship, make me breakfast, and give me a blowjob - all at the same time - and I want it NAO!!!

    • Clubber

      Yeah. Shows how little you know of what you speak of.

      Better to keep your mouth shut. Good day, sir.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Ok, so we've got Search inside the Settings. Now, can we please have Settings inside our Search?
    (wifi/BT toggles by voice)

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      +1000000 best comment.

  • Android Developer

    I had this idea ages ago, as soon as I've seen so many settings, and I wondered why they don't do it like on Eclipse and Miranda.
    I'm just sad I didn't ask for this before.

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

      I've been asking CM about it, really glad to see it finally happen.

      • Android Developer

        Really? when ?
        It's just such an important feature for a feature rich OS, especially on CM...

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

          When what? It's already live in nightlies and going into the next M build.

          • Android Developer

            "I've been asking CM about it"
            - when did you ask them?

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

            Most recently, as the OnePlus One launch event in SF a few months back.

          • Android Developer

            How does OnePlus One has anything to do with it? did they have it there?
            or maybe because it has a lot of features?
            Or just by chance, you suggested it when it was launched?

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

            What does OnePlus One have to do with CM? Well, it runs CyanogenMod for one.
            At the OPO launch, a good chunk of the CM core team was present, considering it's their baby.

            What are you implying anyway? That I'm lying about suggesting it a while ago?

          • Android Developer

            No, that's not what I meant. I meant what does it have to do with you suggesting this feature. I already know they have CM installed on their device.
            About your question, I didn't mean it, but I just didn't understand the connection.

  • Alexandre Leites

    Its easy to say that it is easy when the idea / design / concept its already done. Sometimes the planning time is bigger than codding. And cm is just cm, they can do wrong things and move back, Google can't. Users should learn how to do things before critizise.

  • http://www.androidnext.de/ Frank Ritter | androidnext.de

    To my knowledge Samsung were the first to integrate search into the settings app. I wonder if anyone will give credit to them for this feature, given how unpopular TouchWiz is.

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

      I usually do, not sure others care to. The main point here was that CM only did it after they saw Google's doing it as well.

  • FatCobra

    It's not "kang'ed" - no code was "borrowed" or stolen. It was written from the scratch by CM.

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

      We use the term loosely, just like the community does.

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  • pizzamannetje

    FYI.. My galaxy S5 with stock rim has this search function built in too.

  • pextis

    as always, only the best-known smartphones will be compatible, galaxy note 3 promo, galaxy note 3, htc M8, nexus 5....