Search – Dedicated item
It works like this:
A dedicated search item is a button that can trigger a search in your app. The button can be placed in a tab bar on top (as shown above) or at the bottom of the page, on a dashboard, as a list item in a list, or in an action bar.
When the item is tapped…
…a search-bar or search-window appears, where users can enter search-term.
After tapping enter on the soft keyboard or tapping the search icon, a list of search-results appears.
The ability to search can be vital in your app, e.g. when you supply a lot of of content and the user needs to be able to find it quickly. When your screen lay out isn't suited for an action bar, and the search option is too important to put away in the options menu, you should consider a dedicated button in a tab bar, dashboard or in a list navigation.
- It's easily accessible for users
- Takes up valuable screen real estate