Google has rolled out another Search for Android update, this one bringing with it more results across a wider range of mobile offerings than previously available. Namely, a Google Search query will now also include results found within apps, speeding up the entire search process, as well as pulling up app options from within Google Play, depending on the search term.
Under the first portion of the update, users will now be provided with an “Open in app” button option within the mobile search results if the information desired is contained within an app. The example used by Google is IMDB, with a link to the app being provided in the search results directly beneath the link for the website, providing an additional option and cutting out the need to tap and swipe through apps for the same info.
Of course, for this to work you’ll need the relevant app installed on your device already, and Google cautions that it could take 24 to 48 hours after downloading an app for it to start being included in search results. If you go peeking through the Google Support pages, you’ll see that this update currently only works with a couple handfuls of select apps, which are comprised of: AllTrails, Allthecooks, Beautylish, Etsy, Expedia, Flixster, Healthtap, IMDb, Moviefone, Newegg, OpenTable, Trulia, and Wikipedia. More are promised to be added in time, however.
In the same vein, those who are searching for a specific kind of app will now be provided with links to relevant offerings in the Google Play Store via Search, making the process more efficient and giving you app options and search results on the same screen. In addition to the Search app update, the functionality will also be coming to the mobile Chrome and Android browsers.