News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday December 04, 2013.
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The Google Search app for Android no longer relies strictly on the web to find the information that users seek. Search now includes the ability to open select apps to display information from search results.
Google provides cites movies as an example of how it can present information to users. Someone can search for a movie and see results in the browser or choose to open IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, or Wikipedia. The thinking goes that someone is more likely to want Wikipedia to learn more details and history behind a film, Rotten Tomatoes to see the ratings and reviews of noted critics, and IMDb to get more information about the cast. All of that information could be viewed in the web, but the apps may have more targeted information of interest.
Opening the apps is optional, so someone can open results in the web as they have done in the past. Google Search will also display app results if someone searches for a type of app (a 'music apps' search will show Google Play links for music apps). App listings will not always be visible unless relevant. Search is rolling out in stages now, so Android users should receive update notifications soon.Google
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.