Google Search for Mobile Indexes iPhone and Android Apps
Article by George Norman
On 04 Jun 2010
If you want get more info on an app, you can simply take out your iPhone or Android-powered mobile device and do a Google search. Google search for mobile will deliver relevant information about that app, like the app’s official site. But sometimes you do not want a site, you want the app itself. Until now Google search for mobile did not deliver the app itself - this is no longer the case; Google recently announced that it is now indexing apps as well.

When you do a Google search on your iPhone or Android device and include words such as "download", "application" or "app" in the query, you will see search results from Apple's App Store or from the Android Market. Tap the link and you will be directed to the app’s iPhone App Store or Android market page.

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Besides the link to the app, Google search for mobile offers some additional information about that app, information that you definitely want to know about, Like the app’s rating, publisher, and price.

“As mobile apps continue to proliferate in stores like Android Market and the iPhone App Store, finding relevant information on the web about these apps is becoming more important to help you decide which apps to download. In addition to helping you find the mobile app information you’re looking for, Google Search for mobile now also makes it easier for you to get the actual apps themselves while you’re searching,” commented Google Software Engineer, Milena Nikolic and Paul Hadfield.

To get started with Google search for mobile, simply fire up your mobile device’s web browser and head to Google.com.

Here’s how things look when you enter the search query “download Shazam”.



And then again when you search for the official Twitter app that was released not too long ago.



In related mobile news, did you know that Google Maps 4.2 for BlackBerry has been released? The app comes with biking directions, a redesigned list view of search results, and a “share this place” feature. Read more about it here.



Tags: Android, iPhone, Android Market, App Store, Google mobile search
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