Google has revealed a new feature coming to Android devices today, Inside Search, which allows users to search for content inside the apps on their devices right from the Google app.
Located in the “In Apps” tab of the Google app, this feature allows you to search for anything that has been saved in your apps. This includes contacts, songs, lists, and much more without having to jump into the app itself. The search all takes place on your device, so there’s no need for a data connection or Wi-Fi access. Your data is only visible to you, and you can even choose which apps show up in Inside Search from the settings of the Google app.
Google has also announced that the LG V20 will also feature a dedicated shortcut for this feature, continuing the recent hype buildup surrounding the first Android 7.0 device.
As of today, Inside Search works with Gmail, Spotify and YouTube among other apps, and in the coming months Google should be adding more, including Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Evernote, Glide, Todoist and Google Keep. This new feature should make searching for that elusive contact number or long-archived conversation much easier, and it is a welcome addition that we don’t even have to wait for Nougat to enjoy.