Category Archives: Gadget

IFTTT update: Our new and improved mobile search

A great search experience isn’t just about finding relevant information based on your search query — it’s also about discovery. Millions of people come to IFTTT to explore new topics of interest, find new ways to use the products they love, and uncover new things about their products they didn’t even know about. Over the past few months, we’ve made three improvements to IFTTT search in the iOS and Android apps to help you find and discover relevant Applets and topics of interest in a faster, more intuitive interface.

A search button that gets you closer to the action

Whether you’re looking for a particular Applet or want to do more with your iPhone or Android devices, you want to find what you need without disrupting your flow. To speed things up, we added a search button to the top right corner of the app. Want to connect your Philips Hue lights to Alexa? Simply tap on the search button to start exploring.

Improving search and discovery

While scrolling through search results can be a great method of discovery, it can be a pain when you can’t find what you’re looking for. Now, your search query will return relevant search results in two different tabs. That way, you can choose whether you want to see Applets or services and quickly get what you need.

Looking for a particular Applet that relates to a specific service, like Google Assistant? Or maybe you want to find an Applet with a particular functionality, like “call phone?” Just type “Google Assistant” or “call phone” in the search field and the Applets tab will show you the most relevant search results. Want to find all Applets that relate to a specific service? Simply search for the name of the service and the results will appear in the services tab.

Better and faster

Beyond the new search interface on mobile, our improved search returns more relevant results. It also makes it easier to find relevant Applets and services faster — three times faster.

We’ve found that these three search improvements make it easier for users to find what they need. Users are 45% more likely to enable Applets from the new search results. We hope you like it too!

If you haven’t already, download IFTTT for iOS and Android today.

By Yana Welinder, Senior Product Manager at IFTTT 

IFTTT update: Voice, sleep, smart cities, TV, & more — new on IFTTT

2018 kicked off with a bang and we could not be more impressed with the lineup of new apps and devices that made their way to IFTTT. 

Smart devices continue to impress

It’s absolutely incredible how far smart devices have come in such a short amount of time. They’ve only become more valuable for our daily routines and we’re blown away. Microsoft’s Cortana entered the voice assistant ring, TiVo gave new meaning to "remote control," and Noon Home debuted its spin on connected-lighting, targeting your light switch. 

iHome EnhanceSmarTap ShowerAirthingsNexx GarageWiser HeatmydlinkLiebherrHive Active PlugiDrateGuardzillaELA Smart LightingMerossPowered by Viva, and coqon each offer awesome new solutions for your home — be sure to check them out, too.

Nokia Sleep introduced a sleep sensing and automation pad that is pretty darn cool. And Moodo is one to watch… err, we mean smell — it’s a smart home fragrance box!

One smart city, one smart gird, and of course, Ethereum

The beautiful City of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, became the 3rd smart city on IFTTT. OhmConnect is on a mission to help you save and earn $$$ for your reduced energy usage. Definitely check out TxHash if you’re trading Ethereum or interested in the blockchain.

Accessibility appliances, unique networks, and physical computing

tecla is a phenomenal accessibility service, offering people with limited upper-body mobility the ability to interact with their devices and appliances. Orion’s smart tools, Everynet’s LoRaWAN products, and GraspIO’s Cloudio board round out our recent service launches of 2018.

Interested in seeing your service on IFTTT? Visit the IFTTT Platform to learn how to build, and get started.