Google announced that Safari mobile will display search results for iOS 9 apps starting at some point in late October. The feature is already available for Google Chrome app and Google search app for iOS 9.
The Mountain-View-based company said that it upgraded its indexing technology to allow search results from iOS 9 to be displayed in the Safari web browser, too. Android already offered the possibility when its users used Google Search.
Google developers disclosed on a Google+ blog post that they provided iOS technicians with the app indexing feature for iOS late last spring. But only recently has this feature been compatible with iOS 9.
In other words, app content for iOS will now be displayed in Safari web browser. For example, you can type ‘Jerry’s Subs&Pizza’ in Safari’s Google Search to have instant access to all iOS apps that provided links to the sandwich and pizza restaurant.
You can access the link to an iOS app that you are interested in and you will get redirected to the App Store, where you can download the app, or get more info on the app that is already installed on your iPhone or iPad.
This is how new iOS apps and their content will be more visible in Google Search on mobile devices. Developers can now add Universal Links to their iOS apps and integrate those links with Google’s app indexing technology called SDK. Nevertheless, Google declined to provide support for iOS 7 or iOS 8.
Developers explained that now that Safari mobile will display search results for iOS 9 apps you will see iOS app content whenever you perform web queries on Safari on a iOS 9-powered device. The feature would be available at the end of the month.
Google developers explained in their blog post that app content can feature on search results, Now on Tap, and autocompletions by simply integrating deep links and making use of the app’s indexing API. App developers can now use this method to publicize their new creations via Android and iOS right from the Search results page.
Google’s latest move to improve search on iOS may be a response to Apple’s decision to improve Spotlight search service on iOS. Spotlight siphoned users from Google Search since it is easier to access.
For instance, Spotlight doesn’t require a pre-installed Google app or a web browser to be accessed like Google’s web search service for mobile does. Spotlight comes with any iOS 9-powered device as an in-built feature; the service is also compatible with the popular digital assistant Siri.
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