large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Google Search for Android now includes apps

Google has modified its Search app for Android to include related apps in search results.

The idea is that when you Google something on your Android phone, it will include responses that might previously have been locked away in one of your apps. For example, a search for an actor will offer the relevant page in the IMDb application.

The search result will include an ‘open in app’ option to jump your straight into the app at the correct point.

In fact, even if you don’t have a particular app installed, Google will suggest one for the job. Search results will still provide the above app suggestions, but there’ll be a shortcut to download the app in the Google Play Store.

Naturally, this deeply integrated feature is only available with a handful of apps right now. There are 13 supported from the off: AllTrails, Allthecooks, Beautylish, Etsy, Expedia, Flixster, Healthtap, IMDb, Moviefone, Newegg, OpenTable, Trulia, and Wikipedia.

There’ll be more going forward as more developers sign up to support the Google Search function.

One other snag – this feature is only available in the US at present. With no licensing issues that we can think, of, we’d hope to see the feature making its way across to UK devices (and beyond) in the very near future.

Google claims that “this is just one step toward bringing apps and the web together, making it even easier to get the right information, regardless of where it’s located.” So look out for tighter and more involved app-to-search integration in the future.

Read More: Google Nexus 7 review

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.