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Adding Search Functionality

Dependencies and prerequisites

  • Android 3.0 or later (with some support for Android 2.1)
  • Experience building an Android User Interface

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Android's built-in search features offer apps an easy way to provide a consistent search experience for all users. There are two ways to implement search in your app depending on the version of Android that is running on the device. This class covers how to add search with SearchView, which was introduced in Android 3.0, while maintaining backward compatibility with older versions of Android by using the default search dialog provided by the system.


Setting Up the Search Interface
Learn how to add a search interface to your app and how to configure an activity to handle search queries.
Storing and Searching for Data
Learn a simple way to store and search for data in a SQLite virtual database table.
Remaining Backward Compatible
Learn how to keep search features backward compatible with older devices.