Google search can 'stream' apps to your Android phone

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Jon Fingas
November 18, 2015 7:37 PM
Google search can 'stream' apps to your Android phone

Ever found something on the web that would be better-served by an app, but didn't relish the thought of downloading the app to give it a shot? Google clearly has: as part of a broader mobile search revamp, it's introducing app streaming on Android phones. Search results from certain sites (such as Chimani or HotelTonight) will give you streamed versions of their mobile apps that let you do everything you need without a permanent download. Think of it as Nextbit's cloud-based app management taken to the next level -- you only need to 'install' that app for that brief moment when you really need it. The feature is still in beta testing with a handful of titles right now, but Google is promising to expand the selection over time.

You should also having an easier time finding things even if you already have the apps on your phone. Google search now turns up results within apps whether or not there's matching web content, so you won't miss out on a sweet discount that's hard to find outside of software. All told, Google is doing more to acknowledge that the mobile internet includes a lot more than a bunch of web pages.

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