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Google’s “In Apps” feature surfaces info from apps on your Android device

by Brandon Russell | August 31, 2016August 31, 2016 5:30 pm PST

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Google already makes it simple to search through the deepest depths of your phone’s settings, and the company is taking that a step further by introducing a new feature called “In Apps.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, and it’ll work without a Wi-Fi connection, too.

Basically, In Apps allows users to search easily for content from installed apps. So, as the example below shows, if you search for “Sam,” it’ll surface all of the relevant information about your buddy Sam, including conversations, email, and more; simply click on a card that shows up in search and you’ll pop into that app.

Google says you can find contacts and messages, listen to music and watch video, and stay organized with tasks and notes. Currently, In Apps supports apps such as Gmail, Spotify, and YouTube, with expanded support on the way for Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Evernote, and more.

While the feature looks great, it’s buried in Google’s search app behind options to search for images, shopping, etc. To mitigate that, the upcoming LG V20 will offer In Apps directly with a dedicated shortcut on the homescreen. It’s unclear if other phones in the future will have a similar dedicated shortcut.

In Apps should be available for Android now.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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