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Jun
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It would seem Google's added a new musical feature to Search queries on Android, with searches for specific musical artists now giving direct links to your installed music apps (including Spotify, Play Music, TuneIn, YouTube, iHeartRadio, and Rdio). What actually happens when you tap one of the shortcuts, shown below, seems to vary significantly depending on the app.

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For Play Music, you'll be sent to the artist's page, whereas for YouTube, you'll head to the topic for that artist. I didn't test any other services, so it's hard to know exactly what'll happen in, say, Spotify. Interestingly, the feature does not yet work with albums or song titles that I can tell, so its usefulness is fairly limited at this time.

Also, those tiny touch targets are very un-Google. Who thought those would be a good idea? Anyway, this should be live for US users right now, according to a tweet from Google.

Twitter, Inside Search Blog

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Miguel Ripoll

    And... that's because my phone is in English (United States)

  • remister

    For Spotify, it just goes to the Artist's Page, ready to select an Album or Single to play from them.

    • Morten Ulveseth

      unless you google for a track?

  • Christopher Bement

    Came here expecting butthurt Europeans. I am disappoint. You all must be sitting back laughing with your low cost super high speed internets.

  • Mert Çelen

    I just wanna say google all access is expensive,it should be around 2,3 . Like all other cheap google services

  • http://blog.jestermx6.com/ George Fayad

    Did they enable this for sound search? The biggest issue i have is that when using google's own sound search, those of us with All Access music can't just choose to add the song to playlist or something of that nature. It takes you to the play store where from there you can open the whole album in google music. Seems rather round-about.