DuckDuckGo search bar on Android?

matachi matachi
Created: 2 years and 4 months ago • Updated: 2 years and 4 months ago
Hi, I'm running CyanogenMod 13.0, based on Android 6.0.1, without GApps. I have installed DuckDuckGo's Android app from F-Droid: https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?f...

When I'm on the home screen, and I press the settings/options hardware button on my phone, it brings up settings for the home screen and the drawer. Under "Home screen settings" there's an option to enable "Search bar", however, trying to enable it it says that "A search activity could not be found!", see the following screenshot:

[http://i.imgur.com/7weIgGl.png]

Shouldn't DuckDuckGo provide such a search activity?

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anonymous
I don't know how the Cyano handles the thing, anyway just click on Widgets and there you'll find the DDG search bar.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link
matachi
I haven't used Android with GApps for at least a year or so, so I don't remember exactly how it behaves. But there should be a Google search bar on the home screen, see this screenshot I found:

[http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/homescree2n.jpg]

IIRC it's not a widget, so it doesn't take any space in the grid you got for icons and widgets. Furthermore, it's visible on all home screen pages.

I believe the setting I have is simply for changing that search bar's search engine provider. I don't think CyanogenMod have done that many changes to Android, so I would guess that the setting is available in regular Android as well, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
posted by matachi 2 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
The regular Android can't change it to another search provider (or at least I don't find the option). Anyway you can remove that Google bar disabling the corresponding app, called "Search", going in Settings-->Apps:
[http://s24.postimg.org/oy3p5arrn/src.png]
Then you can add the DDG widget.
Nice to see somebody else that completely removed GApps. :)
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link
Moollaza
If you use NovaLauncher you can remove the Google search and replace with DDG :)
posted by Moollaza Staff2 years and 4 months ago Link
matachi
NovaLauncher seems to be proprietary, but I'm not very keen on installing a custom launcher anyway.
posted by matachi 2 years and 4 months ago Link
matachi
As I said, I don't have GApps, so there's no Google bar to disable and there's no "Search" app in CyanogenMod 13.
posted by matachi 2 years and 4 months ago Link
anonymous
That's strange because I'm using an emulator of Android 6 with no GApps and I have the "Search" app. I don't know what handles that in Cyanogenmod, maybe you should ask the cyano guys.
posted by <hidden> • 2 years and 4 months ago Link