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Google Search For Android Now Finds Info Hidden Inside Apps (pcworld.com) 40

An anonymous reader writes: First Google created a centralized place to search the web, and now Google has a centralized spot to search your Android phone. The company just announced a new feature for the Google App called In Apps. As its name implies, In Apps lets you search for content inside your Android apps, such as a specific song, contact, or note in Google Keep. To start, the new feature will only work with a select number of apps, including Gmail, Spotify, and YouTube. Google also has plans to add Evernote, Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Keep, LinkedIn, and Todoist in the coming months. All app searches happen on your device itself, not Google's servers, which means you don't need an Internet connection to use the feature. It's not clear how often the app will index your content or how much of a hit it will take on your battery or device performance.
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  • .. is created, then let me guess - it goes to the cloud?

    man - if i was an evil man the things you could do!

    but luckily, google doesn't do evil. right?

  • iOS 3.0 Called... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by macs4all ( 973270 ) on Wednesday August 31, 2016 @03:56PM (#52804387)
    ...and it wants its Spotlight Feature [wikipedia.org] back!

    Only one difference: iOS doesn't use it for (yet another) Datamining source, like with Google.
    • Only one difference: iOS doesn't use it for (yet another) Datamining source

      Can you prove that?

      • Only one difference: iOS doesn't use it for (yet another) Datamining source

        Can you prove that?

        Nice try. Can't prove a negative, fucktard.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Palm OS had that at least as long ago as version 3, sometime in the mid 90's, I think. All your app had to do was to respond to the API call. Nothing new here.

      • Palm OS had that at least as long ago as version 3, sometime in the mid 90's, I think. All your app had to do was to respond to the API call. Nothing new here.

        So why is Google announcing this like it is?

  • That app for apps guy will love this!
  • Now if Google will bring back Google Desktop, which did this sort of deep-dive local searching for Windows (was it Linux also?) machines.

    • by PCM2 ( 4486 )

      Windows has had its own local search indexing of that kind for ages, which is probably why Google discontinued theirs.

      • by bezenek ( 958723 )

        I didn't realize it worked as well as Google's. I compared them back when I used Google Desktop, and it was not as good (~2008). Maybe it is better now--I'll try it again.

  • I searched "backdoor" in dropbox and found a note signed by condoliza rice and the NSA buried in the app!
  • The problem is that applications want to control your data within its own 'walled garden' so that you have to go through their app to access the data. Tags and other metadata the program creates are only visible if you call their API and they decide to give you access. This application looks like something that codes to the APIs of a small number of apps to peek inside their gardens. If you are satisfied that a search will find SOME of your data, then this will work well for you.
  • Didn't they announce this in May at the Google I/O conference? And IIRC the app has to be modified to make this available to the search app...

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