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9 time-saving search tips for Google on Android and iOS Spotlight

Ben Patterson | March 31, 2015
It's easy to forget about the nondescript search box--you know, Google search on Android devices or "Spotlight" search in iOS--that sits on the home screens of our smartphones and tablets.

When you do, Android will set up a reminder for you, complete with a title ("Buy lettuce") and blanks for a time and/on place — meaning, for example, you can set your Android device to trigger the reminder the next time you're near a grocery store.

Search for a movie rental or TV show (iOS only)

Want to rent "Gravity," "American Hustle," or another Hollywood blockbuster from the iTunes store? No need to swipe and tap on the iTunes app.

Just open Spotlight and type the name of the movie or TV show you want to find on iTunes, and a search result will appear once you've tapped a few keys. And yes — this trick works for songs and books on iTunes, too.


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