Google Introduces In App Searching on Android

Google In Apps SearchGoogle has launched an in-app search feature as part of its Android app.

When users search in the Google app, they can select In Apps, which appears alongside the usual tabs like Images, Shopping and News. This will do a search of compatible apps installed on the device, meaning users can find conversations with a friend across messaging apps, or access a particular song without needing to hunt through their music player app.

Because the search is checking data stored on the phone, it doesnt require a data connection.

In Apps search currently only works with a limited number of apps – Gmail, Spotify and YouTube are all available at launch – but Google says it will be adding more in the coming months, including Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn and Evernote. Users can select which apps do and dont appear in results through the Google apps settings.

The feature will be built into LGs forthcoming V20 smarphone, which will also be the first to come pre-loaded with Android 7.0 (Nougat). The V20 will feature a dedicated shortcut for In Apps search on both its homescreen and the phones unique second screen, a small inset display above the small screen, and LG will be making all of the devices pre-installed apps searchable using the feature.