New field test lets you install Android apps directly from Google search

It's a much faster way to download a new app, but not everyone can try it out just yet.

There’s a new trick snaking its way through the Android universe that will greatly speed up your ability to download a new app.

Android Police was tipped that about a new option to download an Android app directly from a Google search; no need to hop over to the Play Store. After a search for an app, a popup box launched with the usual Install and Accept buttons.

google search app download Android Police

This new trick makes it much faster to download a new app for your Android device.

It’s not live for everyone—I’m unable to reproduce this on my Nexus 6P. However, Google often rolls out trials like this to a select groups of users, so give it a go yourself. By all accounts this only works in the Google search app, so you may not see it appear if you search in Chrome or another browser.

Why this matters: Google has tried all manner of tricks to bump up the number of Android app installs, such as the ability to stream app previews directly from Google search. Recently Google also offered developers the ability to hand out promo codes, all part of an ongoing effort to get more apps onto all those Android phones and tablets out there.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags GoogleGoogle Play

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?