Action Bar and Search View

In Android 4.0, because the action bar is available on phones, there is an increasing interest in using it as a search facility. This section shows how to use a search widget in the action bar.

We will provide code snippets that you can use to modify the project you have seen so far to include a search widget. Although we present only snippets, you can see the full code in the downloadable project for this chapter.

A search view widget is a search box that fits between your tabs and the menu icons in the action bar, as shown in Figure 10–7.

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Figure 10–7. An action bar search view

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