An upcoming jailbreak tweak called “SLShortcuts” promises to expand Spotlight’s functionality on iOS devices. Once downloaded, the tweak allows users to configure custom text commands from within the Settings app, and launch them from the Spotlight search page.
In order to configure a command, all you do is choose the shortcut text, set it to an action, and you should be good to go. For example, you could configure “gs” to Google Search, and once inputted in Spotlight the iOS device would launch the webpage in Safari for iOS. It’s possible to set commands for a variety of actions, such as Apple’s built-in apps (Phone and Messages), and also specific webpages (Google, Facebook and Yahoo! included).
You can also set custom webpages as “Favorites,” which is an incredibly handy feature.
The jailbreak tweak isn’t yet available, though it will be soon (for the price of $0.99). We’ll keep you posted. And in the meantime, take a look at the video below (via iDownloadBlog), which gives an overview of SLShortcuts in action.