Chinese UI Trends —Smart Text Search Flows

Technology innovation from inside The Great Firewall

A user holds up Dianping 点评, a popular Yelp competitor in Asia.
The search flow for Yelp App, broken into 4 primary pages.

The Chinese Flow

Concept 1: Avoiding the Text Box

Choosing Categories on the Landing Page:

Landing page of 大众点评 Dianping app, January 2019.

Quick Searches on the Focus Page

Search Detail “Tag + Quick Search pane” in 大众点评 Dianping app, January 2019.

Concept 2: Tags to explain and direct search

Tag Construction on the Focus Page

Tag-Based Refining on the Results Page

Post-search tag modification pane in 大众点评 Dianping app, January 2019.

Concept 3: Predictive Search

Predictive + Popular Tags on the Focus Page

Search Suggestions + Completions on the Input Page

Mid-text-search suggestion pane in 大众点评 Dianping app, January 2019.

Wrapping up:

The future of this technology:

Google tag-based image search (March 2018)
Google tag-based image search (January 2019)

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