MIMVI is a new, specialized search engine which looks for Web or Smart Phone apps only.
Today’s site comes courtesy of the Edgalaxy blog hosted by Kevin Cummins.
The site is called MIMVI and it’s a specialized search engine which looks just for web or smart phone apps – nothing more. At the moment, that includes the iPhone, Android & Blackberry with iPad, Nokia and Windows mobile search capabilities to be added later.
Searches can be done across all platforms or limited to just one.
So, why is a searching service like this needed and how well does it work.
Anyone who has ever scanned through the tens of thousands of iPhone apps listed in the iTunes store knows what a daunting task it can be to locate a specific app or type of app. The Android and Blackberry stores are not as big as iTunes yet but there’s no reason to believe they won’t get that big eventually.
As far as search engine interface goes there’s nothing novel or unique here. MIMVI follows the tried and true Google formula: minimalist search page dominated by a text box followed by a list of results presented on the results page(s). It’s search engine 101.
To sample MIMVI’s search prowess, I tried looking or student organizers. I further limited the search by clicking on the Apple symbol located beneath the MIMVI Search, text box.
The results page displays all the apps which meet my search criteria. Clicking on a link in the results page will take me to the an iTunes page contain information about the app and a link to buy/download it.
Overall, MIMVI is very easy to use and fast. Searches took very little time to complete.
While this search engine may be of limited benefit for iPod/iPhone users as all apps have to come from the iTunes store, there is no such requirements for Android and Blackberry developers. For those users, MIMVI may become a great help.
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(Thanks to Kevin Cummins or the Edgalaxy blog for today’s site.)