We love Google. Specifically, we love Google search. That’s not to say we don’t love their Gmail. Or their Google Docs for that matter. It’s just that, well, search is what makes the internet merry-go-round work. Before Google we had AltaVista and co, and we all remember how poor that was!
We also love our iPhones, and as such wish there was a Google search widget for quick and easy searching without either launching the Google app, Safari, or even using Spotlight. We want a nice and easy way to Google for a text string from wherever we are in the interface. As with so many things these days, the jailbreak community has come to our rescue, with QuickGoogle.
Once installed, QuickGoogle allows jailbroken iOS devices to launch a simple Google search no matter where they are inside the OS – be it the home screen or in an app.
Currently, the quickest way to place a Google search is the keep the Google app on your home screen and launch that in order to enter your query. Unfortunately though, that’s not entirely ideal for many of us with so many apps and also has the added disadvantage of not being accessible from anywhere on your iPhone.
The magic works thanks to Activator, meaning a simple gesture can bring up a QuickGoogle search box. Enter your search string and hit the ‘Google’ button and you’re off.
It doesn’t get much more simple than that.
Obviously you’ll need to be using a jailbroken iOS device to install QuickGoogle via the jailbreak app store, Cydia.
If you’re not already jailbroken you can follow our quick and easy guide to jailbreaking iOS 4.3.3 (untethered) using Redsn0w here. Running iOS 5? No problem! If you’re already running iOS 5, you can apply a tethered jailbreak via Redsn0w, as explained here, or by using Sn0wbreeze.
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