Youtube/Market Intent for Search in Android

Here is a trick that would help other applications that need to open search results for videos based on a particular keyword.

You need to create an implicit Intent and trigger it. Here is a snippet of code that works.

For Youtube
Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEARCH);
intent.setPackage(“com.google.android.youtube”);
intent.putExtra(“query”, “Android”);
intent.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK);
startActivity(intent);

Here, “Android” is the keyword. Now, the Youtube app will show you videos with the keyword “Android”

For Market
Similarly, by changing only the package name, you can bring up search results with the Android Market app as well.

Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEARCH);
intent.setPackage(“com.android.vending”);
intent.putExtra(“query”, “Android”);
intent.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK);
startActivity(intent);

For Contacts
The package name for the Contacts app is “com.google.contacts”.

You just need the package name of the target app if you don’t want the Resolver activity to show up. This might work for other google apps as well. I haven’t checked though.

7 thoughts on “Youtube/Market Intent for Search in Android

  1. Liviu

    Thank you for sharing this trick. It is so useful.. but it do not work on CupCake: itent.setPackage(package) is undefined in API Level 3. So I found an way to do that:

    Intent toYoutubeIntent = new Intent();

    toYoutubeIntent .setAction(Intent.ACTION_SEARCH);
    toYoutubeIntent .setClassName("com.google.android.youtube", "com.google.android.youtube.QueryActivity");
    toYoutubeIntent .putExtra("query", "Android");
    toYoutubeIntent .setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK);

    startActivity(toYoutubeIntent );

    May be will be useful for someone as your code was for me!

    Thank your!

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  2. Nemrod

    Thanks for the trick.
    I want to achive something similar, using cupcake: I want to open a given channel. Any idea how to achieve this?

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  3. Anonymous

    The above techniques didn't work. The one below does work -at the time of this writing-:

    Intent intent = new Intent("android.intent.action.MEDIA_SEARCH");
    intent.setPackage("com.google.android.youtube");
    intent.putExtra("query", query); intent.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK);
    startActivity(intent);

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