Google Search has really grown from a low-key way to conduct regular web searches through a convenient app interface into a core component of the Android experience, using voice search and Google Now to deliver some really impressive results. Google’s always working to add little improvements to the types of listings you’ll see, and today we learn of a couple new changes designed to both help with app discovery and let you make better use of the apps you have.
For starters, Google Search will now display results including app listings from the Play Store. We’re pleased to see this isn’t just a repackaging of the Play Store search, and using the same query delivers different results depending on if it’s run from Search or the Play Store itself.
You’ll also start seeing results that give you the opportunity to further explore them in a specific app. For instance, ask Google about a movie, and beyond just showing you some an info card on the film, you’ll have the opportunity to tap a button and open it up in the IMDB app. Beyond IMDB, these kinds of results will be delivered for users of AllTrails, Allthecooks, Beautylish, Etsy, Expedia, Flixster, Healthtap, Moviefone, Newegg, OpenTable, Trulia, and Wikipedia.
Google says that it’s working with devs to make that list even longer.