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While our latest news focused on the Algolia Search cloud offer (you can still join the beta), we’re pleased to introduce a major new version of Algolia Search offline: V2! It is available today for iOS, Android and OS X. Windows Phone and Windows versions will be released as soon as they are ready. A few months in the making, these new features were built on early customer feedback and will simplify integration.
The ease of integration is a constant concern for us and that’s why we carefully consider every new feature. Two important features made it in this version:
These new features are also available in the beta of our cloud version!
With some hard work… and a lot of profiling, we have been able to get a 10% gain in performance on every query.
In V1, name matches were always considered more important than other attributes, but we didn’t consider differences between other attributes. This changed in V2: ranking priority now respects the order in which you indicate attributes in the textToIndex method. It’s more powerful while actually being more consistent with no specific processing of the name field.
But this improvement comes at the cost of a slightly bigger index and longer computation. If index size is important or if you need to earn a few nanoseconds more, you can optimize it away with the increaseCompression method. You’ll get a 10 to 30% reduction in index size and an additional 20% boost in performance (that’s 30% total compared to V1!).
Integrating search in an app has never been so easy. For V2 we took into account all the excellent feedback we received, and wherever it was possible we simplified the API:
Specific to Android, we also added an AbstractIndexable abstract class. Instead of implementing the Indexable interface, you now have the option of directly extending AbstractIndexable that takes care of optional methods for you.
Specific to iOS, you can now directly index core data entities with the setCoreDataEntityDescription selector. No need to create a wrapper.
If for any reason you cannot replace or reindex your data, V2 is still able to search in a V1 index. However, as the name attribute was removed you do need to implement the IndexableLegacy interface. If you then publish changes, the new index will be in the V2 format.
We’re really sorry to make our Windows Phone and Windows customers wait. Feel free to torment us with your needs, it’s great motivation to finish more quickly 😉
If you’re still reading, I guess it’s time for you to test this new version of the Algolia Search Offline SDK. Get started!