Google this week introduced a helpful update to its Search app for iOS, making it easy to search and share GIFs, restaurants, and videos, right through iMessage. The tool works similarly to Google’s Gboard experience, just without the need for Google’s keyboard for iOS.
The new iMessage extension essentially puts Google search into your keyboard, mitigating the need to jump into Safari (or your other browser of choice). Here’s how Google describes the new feature:
You can tap on the icon for “Food” or “Nearby” to share your favorite locations, or perform a search and share a card directly into the conversation. Want to research a new restaurant before sharing it with friends? Just tap on the restaurant card, and we’ll take you to the Google Search page, where you can look up the busiest time, as well as menus and reviews.
To get the extension to work, you’ll need to download the Google Search app from the iOS app store. If you already have the app, no additional install is required, Google said.
Additionally, Google is making discovery much easier through your browser of choice, enabling a related content feature that will show users information without performing an extra search.
In one example, Google shows the feature in action when browsing a recipe. By using the related content feature, users can quickly see similar search results related to the page they’re currently on.
Google’s integration with iMessage is a brilliant way to encourage people to use its services without needing to jump between multiple apps. You can give it a try by downloading the latest version of the Google app for iOS.