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Google Updates Search, Begins to Intertwine Your Relevant Apps With Search Results

This afternoon, Google introduced two new features for Google Search, features that will bring your inquiries and apps together for a more fluid experience. For example, if you are searching for a holiday movie that you can’t remember the name of, you can perform a Google Search, and if you have the IMDb app installed in this case, you will be given the option to open the app right from the search results. Kind of neat, right? 

Not only will your apps and search results become more intertwined, but Google has also added in the ability to search for new apps you have yet to install, just by searching for them on Google. If you want a few “downhill ski apps,” simply search for it. The results will fill up with links to Google Play for you to download the apps. The choices are limited as of right now, but Google states they are building this feature out to a lot more apps.

Google states that these new features are rolling out through the official Google Search app on Android, as well as through Chrome and various Android browsers. If you are an app developer and want to make sure your apps show up in Google Search results, check out the via link below.

App Indexing

Via: Inside Search
  • pick1e

    How about “Ok Google, navigate to [contact].” How long have I been asking for this?

    • miri

      That’s been working for some time.

  • Garemlin

    This sounds alot like what the Everything Home launcher does.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I don’t want the option. I want to simply have the app open and set it to default for those searches.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Doesn’t work for me.

    Must be U.S. only. Dammit Google, you’re doing this again.

    • Dorian Brooks

      Staged…. rollouts…. Google has gotten big on doing this. So hold your horses.

  • Flat_Stanley

    I’m having the odd problem with Google Search and G+ connectivity. For example, I should be able to say “show my pictures of cats”, or “show my pictures from Arizona”, or “show my pictures with _contact name_”. On my phone, however, it doesnt work. It works on the desktop, and it works on my friends phone. What gives?

  • sc0rch3d

    i hope that search can get better at “feeding” me information about what i want to know without searching. example – I go to the movies ALL the time, but it doesn’t show in my Google Now unless I search for a movie or theater. Tell me what’s out and what’s coming up in the coming weeks.

    (yes i’m a lazy @$$)

    • mondeca

      Now will eventually figure it out if you keep searching for movies.

    • Jaredsutter

      Really? I very rarely go to movies, but I went on one Friday evening, and for months Google Now was showing me movie showtimes every Friday afternoon.

      • sc0rch3d

        There is a setting in your “magic wand” menu for getting movie notifications. mine is on. part of the problem, i guess too, is that a lot of the services are location based and i have it turned off b/c of battery consumption.

        • zurginator

          Yeah that would keep them from having a clue about what you’re doing; it’s hard to serve up predictions when they don’t know your past.

  • 918273645ams

    Cool, always happy to see more updates to Google Now. I was waiting for this update in particular 🙂

  • Dominic Powell

    The sad thing is this will probably surface better app results than the play store… The play store search algorithms are in desperate need of an update.

    • Tyler

      Which is sad coming from Google, a search company.

      • JoshGroff

        It actually speaks more about app developers. A Web designer uses keywords to make their site easier to find (SEO,) app developers need to do the same.

        • drathos

          Have you looked at the descriptions of some of the garbage apps in the Play Store? They’re full of keywords for search hits.

          • JoshGroff

            And when you search for said keywords they come up, the problem isn’t with the search engine. That was the point I was trying to make.