Filtering a ListView based on user input
In Chapter: Other GUI Elements: Lists and Views
Author: Ian Darwin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 'idarwin'
You want the contents of a ListView to update as a user types, to list only items matching the thus-far-entered portion of a name, email, etc.
There are two approaches:
1) The official approach: In your ListAdapter, override the FilterResults performFiltering() method, and in your KeyListener, call the adapter's getFilter().filter(currentText) method;
2) An unofficial approach that is less coding but also less efficient: Re-create the list contents each time the user enters a keystroke
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5658751/filter-list-view-from-edit-text for another example of method 1.
http://www.androidpeople.com/android-listview-searchbox-sort-items for another example of method 2.