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Posts: 223
Registered: ‎04-26-2012
My Device: Z10
My Carrier: Vodafone
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How does App World search work?

Hi!

I've realized that the only way to appear in search results is with app name words.

It does not matter what your description or short description is, only words in app name are taken in account.

 

This means you can not name your app with only a "name" as it will not be shown by any search terms.

Am i true?

 

This is awfull! I have apps that should be found by some keywords and I can not put all of them in the name.

It would very usefull to have a keywords field on app settings.

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Posts: 323
Registered: ‎05-07-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z10, PlayBook, 9900
My Carrier: Telus

Re: How does App World search work?

Your findings are correct, the search currently works only on the title of the app.

 

I was talking to one of the AppWorld reps at BlackBerry 10 Jam about this and similar AppWorld issues.

 

e.g. I was looking to download "MorphWiz-Play" but I only recalled the app name included the word "Play" so I searched on that... several hundred un-related apps came back because many apps labeled themselves as "Something for BlackBerry PlayBook".

 

Since BlackBerry 10 will run many of the apps currently in AppWorld for the PlayBook... the additional "suffix" of " for BlackBerry PlayBook" is going to become both misleading and innaccurate.  The rep indicated that there were several changes coming to address this... as well as the search in general.

 

Reading between the lines, I gathered that the current search on the title only was due to many developers using "keyword stuffing" in their app descriptions, which again makes the search results useless.

 

As for what the "next" search strategy is exactly... I don't know... but I'd like it to be something like:

 

  1. Strip off the suffix on all apps that are "Something for BlackBerry PlayBook"
  2. Change the search to run against both the app title and the description
  3. Weigh the results such that matches in the title are higher than those matches in the description
  4. As it is currently... matches for apps with both "keyword A" AND "keyword B" weigh more than results that match on "keyword A" OR "keyword B"... it is important that this is not lost when enabling search on descriptions

At the same time, it would be nice to try and handle the keyword stuffing issue as well... I'm not sure if this should be done when approving app descriptions (e.g. strip out obvious stuffing) or as part of the AppWorld query... where descriptions stuffed with keywords rank lower... e.g. stop abuse/gaming of the system.


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Posts: 223
Registered: ‎04-26-2012
My Device: Z10
My Carrier: Vodafone

Re: How does App World search work?

Thank you man for your feedback.

 

I totally agree with you. It took me a lot realize.

Hope App World team solve this Smiley Happy

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Registered: ‎03-03-2011
My Device: Playbook, Z10, Q10, Z30 with Files & Folders and Orbit of course
My Carrier: Vodafone

Re: How does App World search work?

[ Edited ]

See this thread:

 

http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/BlackBerry-App-World-Development/Search-by-name/td-p/1673845

 

Vote for issue: https://www.blackberry.com/jira/browse/TABLET-580

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Developer
Posts: 223
Registered: ‎04-26-2012
My Device: Z10
My Carrier: Vodafone

Re: How does App World search work?

Thanks! I thought I was the only experiencing this Smiley Tongue
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