May 14, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Visual-based search engine Searchme has made its service available to anyone with an Android phone in a new native application. Searchme is a free app that provides visual search capabilities, which offers webpage previews, filtering of content types, and the opportunity to narrow down exactly what you’re looking for.
Most search engines crawl the web and return results with short text-based clippings of content. Searchme is designed to focus more on visuals, so users are better able to quickly recognize their desired content. When performing a search for Opeth, Searchme shows previews that allow users to quickly choose between the band’s website, MySpace, fan sites, music pages, Wikipedia, etc. Visual previews, along with standard text-based clippings, decrease the likelihood that someone will click on a spam page or something that is out of context.
Here is a video preview explaining how the Searchme service (not the app) operates.
Searchme (the Android app) does an excellent job of replicating the desktop functions of Searchme. It runs reasonably fast, and is available for free in the Android Market.