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Android users will be able to install apps directly from search

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Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
January 19, 2016
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When you Google for apps on their respective mobile platforms, the main results appear on top inside their own panels. That makes them easy enough to install, but Google wants to make it even easier. According to Android Police, Mountain View has started rolling out a feature that allows Android users to install apps directly from search results.

Simply type in a query -- for instance, "Engadget Android app" -- and tap on the top result. Instead of taking you to the Play Store, a new windows pops up. When you click Accept, the Install window replaces it still within the search results. AP says some users have had it for at least a month now, but it doesn't seem to be available to everyone yet (I can't replicate the results you see below myself). If you want to try it out, make sure to use the Google app, as it doesn't seem to be working for the Chrome browser.

[Image credit: Domenic K./Flickr, Android Police]

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