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Google search will let users use apps without installing them

Google has started testing a feature that will stream apps on Android devices when found through a result on search, reports Techcrunch. As of now the feature works only on phones that are in the US, are connected to WiFi and run Android Lollipop or higher. The feature will work by running apps on a virtual machine on Google’s cloud platform, letting apps respond to user commands like it's installed on their system. The feature essentially uses Google’s app indexing API, which lets developers feature content from within their mobile apps on Google search, to index the app content and keep it updated on the virtual machine. Note that earlier this year, Google had acquired Agawi, a startup that let users stream applications and use them before actually purchasing them. The feature currently works with some 10-odd apps including Hoteltonight, Weather, My Horoscope, Useful Knots and New York Subway. To implement it, developers only need to integrate the app indexing API, although virtually running the app is currently available only for certain partners. The app indexing API itself was initially limited to select partners. MediaNama’s take: Google’s primary business - search, relies on letting users access as much relevant content as possible. However, increasingly content gets locked within apps as search engines are not able to return results from within an app, as they can with a website. Google partially addressed this problem with the app indexing API, which lets it look inside apps for content to index. Still, this did…

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