People Search for Windows Phone updated plus goes on sale this Monday
People Search is a Windows Phone contact search app that is based off of the T9 system instead of a full-QWERTY keyboard meaning you can easily use it one handed. What's more it's full of features such as customizations, how much information it should search through (e.g. just names or phone numbers, email, etc.) and the ability to send contacts via email, SMS, copy-to-clipboard or create a QR tag with the contact information.
An update has just been released over at the Windows Phone Store taking the app to version 2.0 that adds a new metro-friendly keyboard, and speed dialing to the mix. The update still has People Search written for Windows Phone 7.5 but has some minor enhancements to take advantage of the faster Windows Phone 8 devices.
Along with a few minor tweaks and performance adjustments, key features of the People Search version 2.0 update include:
- A high contrast keyboard mode that makes the keyboard easier to see, and fits Metro UI even better.
- Speed dialing and Press-and-hold favorites; Put favorites to the dial keys 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 0, so you can call/text them with press'n'hold of a single button.
- Three new custom-icon options (nine in total now).
- Dial pad use accent color as background on keypress (so the app blends even more into your chosen theme).
- Added a 'Got it, don't show this anymore'-checkbox to the infotext that is shown in last used (so the app looks nicer when you have gotten the message.
- Backup/restore now also covers speed dial and last used (this data is of course stored privately and is not shared or used in any way, other than making it easier for you to restore on a new phone).
- Tip about tap-number-to-clear++ is not shown if user taps once on it (then I assume you 'got it').
- Tuned the start-up animation so the LOADING-text is not shown on extremely fast devices. Windows Phone 8 devices are so fast that the loading-animation just blinked.
- A bugfix for issue that occurred when one-or-more contacts had a empty Display Name.
As an added bonus, Gydar Industries will be offering People Search and their Norwegian travel app Trine i Farta (opens in new tab) (regularly $1.99) for free all day Monday (December 17th).
If you are looking for an alternative means of searching and calling contacts, People Search is worth a try. There is a trial version available with the full price running $.99. You can find People Search here at the (opens in new tab) Windows Phone Store.
Keep in mind that the update was just released to the Windows Phone Store and may take a little while to show up and get pushed out.
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I dunno if People search revolutionized too though.. might try it out
When I check in Marketplace I see it as free, for others the price change might not be visible yet.
You will in other words mosy likely see the app as free before monday.
I've always been curious why Microsoft didn't just add "Smart Dial" into the OS, considering it existed in the old WM days and is so popular, but I'm always glad that developers have filled the gap as best they can given the OS API limits.
I expected Microsoft to add "Smart Dial" into WP8, can't see any good reason to drop this, since for Microsoft it would be the easiest thing to add to the stock dialer. I actually planned my app to just be an temporary thing until WP8 was out.
Unfortunately it still is a need for these apps in Marketplace.
Actually my app would be marked as "requires location" if it just shows a pin on a map. So even an app that does not use the GPS can have this requirement. If the app just shows a "here is the location of place X" on a map-control.
Actually I would be more concerned with such apps stealing my contact info, and sharing it with SPAM-companies so forth. That is actually the only thing I personally might worry about if I installed a dialer app.
Just to make clear, my app (People Search / Finn Folk) does NOT do anything like that, if that was not obvious :)
Not sure what you mean by "Is there a way to filter contact lists"? Could you explain a little what you mean here?
Anyway, about filtering contact lists. 2 things.
1)It would be awesome if there was an option along the lines of "only show results for people with phone numbers"
2) Short of #1 it would ge great if I could choose to only allow contacts from my "Hotmail" account to show up when I search so that all the contacts from my junk (Gmail) account don't show up when I'm searching/filtering. It's particularly bad with gmail because they make it incredibly difficult to delete a contact.
another side note... it looks like someone may be trying to piggy back off your app name. There now appears to be an app called People Search that comes up in the Store. The difference being that in your app the word search has a lower case "s" and theirs has a capital "S".