The Google Search app is already the quickest way to retrieve information on your Android device. With just a few words, users can search the web, open apps, and pull up directions. The problem is that some information opens up in a web browser that would be better suited for an app. If you already have the IMDb app installed, why should a search result shoot you out to the browser? Some links ask which app you want them to open in, but how can you tell which ones?

With app indexing, users will soon have more control over the experience. An Open in app button, referred to as a "deep link," will appear next to links that are capable of opening content within an app that's already been installed on your device.


The goal is for users to have a more seamless search experience, and with any luck, this will further remove the need to fall back to the app drawer. Developers looking to get a better understanding of this new functionality can pull more information from the DevBytes video below.

Google is currently testing app indexing with an initial group of developers that includes Etsy, Expedia, Flixster, IMDb, Newegg, OpenTable, Wikipedia, and several others. US Android users can expect to see deep links appear for these apps in the coming weeks.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Andy Stetson

    Man, you gents are certainly earning your pay today! All the in depth articles are awesome! I can barely keep up!

  • Steven Meijer

    Great new feature, aaaaand US only

  • Andy Stetson

    "...Expedia, Flixster, IMDb, Newegg, OpenTable, Wikipedia..."
    The only ones i can think of off hand that this will be really helpful with. Thanks google!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    I love how Google isn't forgetting to improve what got them popular in the first place.

  • Thomas Carreau

    I don't get this feature. Doesn't it already do that when you set the default app? I mean, if I
    click on a wikipedia link on google now, it opens in the wikipedia app, same for IMDB.

  • whispy_snippet

    Nice addition.

  • Nee Austin

    Is this related to the search feature they had to remove from the Galaxy Nexus because of an old Apple Mac patent? My memory tells me that the workaround to the patent was indexing content.