by Dom Esposito
February 12, 2014
I have to admit, Spotlight search in iOS 7 is definitely better than in previous versions of iOS, but it's nothing compared to Weasel. This new Cydia tweak is exactly how Spotlight search should function. Not only can Weasel mimic Spotlight's search capabilities, but it adds the ability to search Google, Amazon, eBay, Wikipedia, perform calculations, access system shortcuts, and even define words. Keep in mind, Weasel doesn't replace Spotlight search, it's a standalone search tool that can be assigned to an Activator action. Ultimately, Weasel is better than Spotlight search. You can access it from anywhere within iOS 7 and search for anything on your device or the Web. As the developer notes, Weasel only works in portrait mode at the moment, but is compatible with all devices running iOS 7. Once installed, open Weasel's preferences within the Settings app and set up an Activator action. Next, launch Weasel using the action you've assigned, then start typing your search term. As you type Weasel's window will be automatically updated, and if there's no match on your device, you'll be prompted with options to search the Web. Alternatively, you can type "define" and then a word to pull up the built-in dictionary launcher. If that's not enough you can even type "system" to access specific system actions. There is no shortage of functionality with Weasel. It's definitely one of the best system-wide search utilities I've ever used. If you'd like to give Weasel a chance, it's currently available in the BigBoss repository for $1.99. That may seem like a lot for a search utility, but it's well worth the price.