Google Chrome on iOS comes with a neat feature that autocompletes your search queries for you as you type. Based on what you start your query with, you get real-time search suggestions, and you can select one of them to search for directly or further build on. Now, while Mobile Safari does give you Google-powered search suggestions, it does not let you quickly choose a suggested query to further build on top of. Today, we came across a new tweak that ports Google Chrome’s search autocomplete functionality to Mobile Safari. Check it out after the jump.
Once installed, the oddly titled Platinum tweak adds a right-facing blue arrow to each search suggestion in Mobile Safari. Tapping on this blue arrow copies the text of the search suggestion into your current search query. This allows you to start with a simple search term, and then – if what you are searching for is suggested by Google – tap on the blue arrow to grab the suggestion and improve upon it in order to find what you’re looking for more quickly.
You only realize how useful Platinum’s functionality is when you use it for the first time to build an elaborate query with minimal text input. It comes especially handy on the iPad where typing is a more difficult task.
I’m looking around for a new laptop these days, so I decided I wanted to check out prices of Toshiba laptops here in Pakistan. In Mobile Safari with Platinum installed, I entered “Tosh”, tapped the blue arrow for “Toshiba laptops in Pakistan”, and then further typed “pri” to be suggested to search for “Toshiba laptops prices in Pakistan”. Without Platinum installed, this would have taken considerably more taps and time.
Platinum is the sort of tweak that make you ask, “Why didn’t Apple include this functionality in iOS in the first place?”
Hopefully with iOS 7, we’ll see not just big, sweeping user interface changes (there are rumors of Apple embracing flat UI aesthetics) but also smaller yet useful features that currently require Platinum-like tweaks.
Platinum is available as a free download from Cydia in the ModMyi repo. Installing it does not create any icon on the Springboard or add anything to the Settings menu – just install it and start searching!
Let us know what you think of Platinum by leaving a comment below. Also, be sure to check our list of best free iOS 6 Cydia jailbreak tweaks for some more useful features like this one.