Back on the Nexus 5's launch day, Google announced an upcoming feature that would make it easier to open search results directly inside of relevant apps, rather than within a web browser. You'd be forgiven for missing this announcement, given everything else that was going on that day. This new functionality, known as app indexing, places an Open in app button next to search results that contains information better suited for perusing inside an app. The functionality's now rolling out to the Google Search app as well as mobile web browsers.


It's also now easier to find new apps as well. If you search Google for skiing apps, for example, a short list of relevant apps will appear alongside deep links to their Google Play pages.


This integration all serves to make it easier to move between search results and apps without having to jump through hoops. Given that Google Search now functions as an app launcher these days, these additions only make sense.

Source: Google

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.

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    • Phil Oakley

      Server-side update. No APK needed.

      • JLishere

        Is it normal that the Search app shows Dec 3, 2013 as the most recent update in Google Play?

  • Mircea Gladchi

    I hope this update fixes google now for me :

  • usaff22

    For everyone asking for the APK, this is probably a server-side update, no APK needed.

  • usaff22

    Why do my comments keep disappearing and reappearing? :/

    • Roh_Mish

      I am sometimes logged out and any login method does not work. Diqus is totally Broken

  • GreatNews

    is this a APK update or just on Google's side? cuz without the update i could do all this already so....?????

  • fawe

    I wish Google would bring back (search with camera) to their search app which searches products and barcodes

    • Paul_Werner

      This!!!! I'd love to have this back again

    • guest

      Google goggles.

      • Johnny Bravo

        it works, but i dont use it daily so it takes a while to find it and open it. not to mention the camera portion of Google now was working perfectly, why take away something that works

        • Nicholas Polydor

          What I think would be good, @7e290fb92105a9cca172be78a2dbdebc:disqus , @mikeoghia:disqus and @atakanonol:disqus , is if the Goggles functionality was rolled back in to the Google Search app but they still kept a separate icon, as is the case with Google+ and Photos.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        There's really no reason not to integrate Goggles into search (I think anyway...)

        • ddpacino

          They already did. They just removed the feature, but the code is still in the Search app.

  • lou g

    You can get Google goggles in play store for camera search.

    • abobobilly

      Actually the whole idea is to "integrate" that in this, which i think is a really good idea. Google might do that in future, considering they are already slowly merging their services together.

  • cammykool

    Already working here.
    I kinda wish if I said "Search Google+ for ......
    It would open the app

  • paul4id

    One thing that really annoys me is that Google Search is less
    funcitonal in many ways than it was on Gingerbread. I used to disable it to search
    Google as I did not want my searches spewed across the web, and instead
    used it to search local apps and local app data such as music, evernote
    notes, local documents, Firefox bookmarks/history etc. Now that is not
    possible, and you are forced to send data to Google and can only search
    other Google app data but not 3rd party app data!

  • http://nrajesh.com Rajesh

    I am hoping to see shortcut based search soon. For example searching with a string like "@name" or "+name" should probably pull up a couple of popular google plus profiles; searching with "#tags" should pull up trending tags.

    I guess above two examples redirect to Google Plus, but these shortcuts can be expanded to non-G+ apps as well.