The Google Play Store is the heart of all Android devices. Without this store, these devices would be running on untrusted software that is downloaded from a myriad of third party companies all over the web.
Without this store, these devices would be running on untrusted software that is downloaded from a myriad of third party companies all over the web.
The dangers of running on untrusted software are vast. Ranging from security of your data to device performance – this software can be quite damaging to your user experience as far as Android is concerned. But with the Google Play Store in place, users are sure that they get the most secure apps to download since the company’s security team scrutinizes these apps for any potential errors and malware before uploading them to the store for the public to download.
Google Play Store has over 1.5 million apps
According to the most recent stats, the Play Store has over 1.5 million apps available for both free and paid-for download. The search engine giant has been updating this Android store in a bid to make it easy to browse through when searching for apps.
Google wants you to have an even easier way of downloading these apps rather than the long way of having to go through the Play Store. Apparently, the company is testing a new way of downloading apps right from the Search app or rather the search results. The option to install apps from the search engine results with no need of launching the Google Play Store is now available, but not everyone can access it just yet.
To try this, open the Google app on your phone and key in any name of an app. Right from the search results, you will see the option to install the app on top of other results. Well, this is probably what you have been experiencing for quite some time now, where clicking on this “Install” button directs you to the Play Store.
If you Google app has received the new update, you will not be directed to the Play Store, instead, a permission pop up will show up on the screen, just like it does when you tap the “Install” button in the Play Store. Once you tap on this button in the search results, a small Play Store frame will show up where the app will be installed on your device. Cool huh!
Feature currently not available in Chrome
At the moment, Google has availed this feature in the Search app alone, but not the web browser app. While there are some reports that this has been happening for quite some time, recent reports may be a hint that the company is planning a wider release.
As mentioned earlier, the ability to install apps from the search results is much easier than using the Play Store. However, you need to know the exact name of the app you want to download and unlike the Play Store, you won’t be able to see things like more app suggestions when downloading the apps from the Google app.
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