Federated search firm Simplexo has released Simplexo Locate for Android, a beta application that allows users to search for information from a variety of sources, including Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint, with one click.
The app carries out a federated search of local information on the device, including text messages and media files on removable memory cards. It also pulls results from the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Exchange and SharePoint without the need to take additional steps.
Simon Bain, chief technology officer at Simplexo, told V3.co.uk that, while there are plenty of search applications available from the Android Market, Locate for Android is the most comprehensive of its kind.
"Simplexo Locate is different to other applications, and works by breaking up the search criteria depending on which app is being searched. We are looking to get the beta version to as many users as possible and are looking for feedback, " he said.
"The ability to search Exchange and SharePoint is aimed at business users. We will be bringing out free versions as not everyone will need to search through corporate information."
The application can retrieve accurate and up-to-date information from mobile devices faster by eliminating the need to carry out individual searches, while maintaining user security, according to the firm.
"There is no auto-complete within the application. The application does not rely on a web interface and, once a search is complete, the cache is cleared and information is scrubbed from the device, so there is no chance of data theft if the handset is lost or stolen," said Bain.
Locate for Android works on Android 1.6 and above, and devices must have a minimum screen resolution of 460 x 800. The beta is available from the Android Market, and a full release is expected by the end of the month.
Simplexo launched a BlackBerry mobile search app earlier this month and aims to make it available on Symbian and iPhone devices before Christmas. Windows Phone 7 users will have to wait a little longer, Bain added.
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