Wildcard Update: New Card Types, New Search, 3rd Party Apps

Posted on February 9, 2015. Filed under: startups, wildcard |

We’ve got a new Wildcard update out today. A few things to look out for:

Three new card types in Wildcard

1) Stock Cards: You can now search any ticker in Wildcard and get back a beautiful stock card. Try searching YHOO, FB, GOOG, etc. for the latest pricing and market information for stocks you care about.

2) Weather Cards: You can now search for the weather and get back beautiful weather cards for any zip code. Try searching Weather 10014, etc to see the new Weather Card in Wildcard.

3) Image Cards: This is my favorite new card type in Wildcard. Although elusive at the moment, you are going to start to see image cards returned in search results quite frequently in the next few weeks. Wildcard’s image cards are a beautiful way to discover and view images form the web at native speed. For a glimpse of the Image Card navigate to Flickr via the Search bar.

We care about adding new card types to Wildcard because we want you to be able to access all the information of the web at native speed in Wildcard. Hope you enjoy them…more to come in next update.

Vertical Search

In this update, we’ve enabled you to filter down search results into the vertical or type of results you’d like. So if you search for the Grammy’s, these clever filters at the top of your results enable you to drill down into Videos, Shopping, News, etc…so that you are only interacting with results that are relevant to what you are trying to do in Wildcard. We have a HUGE update coming on search which will address relevancy of results, volume of results, and allow you to type ANYTHING into the Wildcard search bar and get back near perfect results…but this design improvement toward vertical specific search is a good first step, and when combined with the bigger search update, I think we’ll be a dangerous and true alternative to google/chrome on your phone… to test vertical specific search, run a couple different searches in the Wildcard search bar.

3rd party applications in the Wildcard Browser

We’ve been exploring the notion of not only cards and content in Wildcard, but actual applications that run inside our browser. The application layer in the Wildcard browser was previously restricted to Wildcard’s Homescreen application, our search application, and publishers/brands homescreen applications. We’ve started to branch out and enable other types of applications to run in the browser. For examples of third party applications running in the Wildcard browser, check out

1) Hacker News: Wildcard is an engineering driven culture and most people here read Hackernews…now you can too without clicking back and forth between annoying blue web links. To try out the Hacker News application in Wildcard, navigate to Hacker News via the Wildcard search bar.

2) Designer News: Wildcard is also a design driven culture and many people here read Designer News…now you can too without clicking back and forth between annoying weblinks…To try out the Designer News application in Wildcard, navigate to Designer News via the Wildcard Search Bar

P.S. We are running a little beta of our IOS App SDK. If you have an IOS app and you’d like to replace links to webpages with native cards in your app let me know and I’ll send you docs. It’s basically blue link in, native card out with a few display options (modal, in line, etc…)…It’s very fucking cool. Jordan.cooper@gmail.com.

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    I’m a NYC based investor and entrepreneur. I've started a few companies and a venture capital firm. You can email me at Jordan.Cooper@gmail.com (p.s. i don’t use spell check…deal with it)


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