CloudMagic – super Fast Universal Search app for Email, Calendar, Documents & Twitter
Feb 6, 2012 8:14 AM –
CloudMagic is a a useful search app that lets you find information from a variety of locations. You can search your Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Contacts and Twitter. So, if there’s an event you’ve forgotten the date for, or a Tweet you read but forgot who wrote it, CloudMagic is a simple, effective and blindingly fast solution.
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Search a variety of locations!
- Super fast!
- Sharp design!
- Handy homescreen widget!
- Obviously requires quite a few permissions.
- Will be improved if/when the likes of Facebook and Google Plus can be added.
Occasionally, the timing of when I review a particular app and the time I really need a solution for something is creepily convenient. I made an appointment a few weeks ago and I completely forgot when it was. I knew I had put it in my Google calendar, but on my device, when I needed an answer quickly it’s not easy to search; you just have to open up each day to see what’s happening. In steps CloudMagic- I just typed a keyword and it brought up my appointment (thankfully not for a couple of weeks) right away.
Whether it be an appointment or something someone said in an email a few weeks ago, it’s simple to search for and gob-smackingly fast. The app brings up everything with the keyword(s) in. So, if I’m looking for an old contact it pops up immediately. If I want to find only Android-related emails I can search for that too. It will also search through your Google Docs- incredibly handy if you use them as your primary office apps.
Now, the app could clearly be updated with the addition of Facebook and Google Plus integration, but for a relatively new app, it’s a tremendous start. What struck me initially was the speed- it digs up the information you’re looking for very fast and presents it clearly. It’s great when an app just works so incredibly well.
There are two things it reminded me of; Google Desktop- the Windows app that will scan and search through your files. And also Friday– a closed beta app we reviewed a number of months ago by Dextera (makers of Siri battler Iris). Friday has far more functionality, but CloudMagic is faster. Obviously the app comes needing a slew of permissions to work properly, and the requirement for you to log into all your accounts and give subsequent permissions. Many people feel a little dodgy about that thanks to the constant security fear-mongering Android users are subjected to. While this may sadly put more paranoid users off, CloudMagic is a brilliant little app and extremely helpful.
Watch on Mobile
CloudMagic – Search menu selection
CloudMagic – Search results
CloudMagic – Mail and Twitter search
CloudMagic – Email search
CloudMagic – Add services
CloudMagic – Services settings
Being useful is CloudMagic’s middle name! If you lose an important document, email, contact, appointment or Tweet- CloudMagic jumps to the rescue and finds it for you.
Ease of Use:
CloudMagic is wonderfully easy to use. Simply open the app (or go to the widget), enter the keyword and CloudMagic does the rest. The found items are simply listen in sections; contacts, emails, etc. so the thing you’re looking for is easy to find.
This depends on the user, but for busy individuals who use their device for everything, CloudMagic could be used up to several times per day.
The interface is beautifully simple and well designed. It looks really professional and isn’t difficult to navigate.