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Google will let you run apps on phone's web browser

Emma Clark

Published 19/11/2015 | 10:32

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Google is introducing a new feature that will display apps in search results and let you get the information, even if you don't have the app installed.

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Google is revamping its search engine to integrate apps into its results, even if you don’t have the app installed.

You’ll soon be able to run the app in a browser on your phone, rather than having to download the relevant app first, if that search result seems the most noteworthy.

This feature will be limited to just nine apps initially: Chimani, Daily Horoscope, Gormey, Hotel Tonight, My Horoscope, New York Subway, Useful Knots, Visual Anatomy Free and Weather. For a developer’s app to be featured in Google’s search results, they’ll need to build in code that will work with Google's indexing engine.

It’s an interesting development for both app developers and those who use Google Search. It gives developers a chance for their app to make a good first impression. Those searching might get the same information from search results, but once people have a positive experience with an app it’s likely they’ll want to use it as a resource more frequently.

Google continues to dismiss rumours about a merger of Chrome OS and Android, but this feature may give us some idea of what it may look like if it ever occurs.

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