Google’s new search mode called In Apps will show results from installed apps in your device.In the existing search results page, users can see a ‘Phone’ tab to filter search results. This features comes as an update and it is created to work offline.
You can try it in the latest Google app on android devices, look for the In Apps tab in results. Google recently also confirmed that the LG V20 will be the world’s first smartphone to sport a dedicated shortcut for the ‘In Apps’ feature on both the home screen and Second Screen. LG V20 will also be the first new smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Google believes that the users will be able to “find exactly what they are looking for” with the new search option.
The new search mode will only work with apps like Gmail, Spotify and YouTube at the launch. “In the coming months, we’ll also be adding more apps, including Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Evernote, Glide, Todoist and Google Keep,” writes Timo Mertens, Product Manager, Google in a blog post.
Some of the use cases of the new ‘In Apps’ search mode are for finding contacts and messages by just typing the name of a friend or a place someone suggested. You can also search for a song by just typing the lyrics, any long-lost email, or a to-do list and the new search mode will surface the content from the relevant app.
One of the biggest highlight of the new search feature is its ability to work offline. The search happens entirely offline in an Android device. Users can select from which apps the search should show results. The updated Google app for Android should be rolling out gradually globally, and it is not yet reached Google Play India.