Beginning this month, all iOS applications will follow Google’s guidelines in all content based searches. Google will begin indexing of iOS content in order to facilitate the user’s search criteria when connected through an Apple device.
A team of developers announced via a Google+ post that although the indexing feature was made available for iOS developers in early May, now it was made compatible with the new iOS 9 by using HTTP deep link standards. This feature will be made available on Android, Chrome for iOS and Safari.
The developer team at Google announced that platform will display links to iOS application by using the standard google search, directly from your Safari browser. So, whether you are a fan of sports and you are looking for some tickets to your favorite game or you want to have a cozy family dinner in some nice little place, you can do a google search directly in your Safari browser and see a list of all of the iOS applications that recommend that special place.
Also, among other things, the developer announced that they will be adding some extra features beside the indexing protocol. So, any iOS type content will now be a part of the Search result page, thanks to the team’s effort in integrating HTTP deep links. Traditionally, in the past, you could have done basically the same thing, but it was only restricted to chrome applications or Google’s general application.
This piece of news will come as a relief for iOS fans out there who got tired of scrounging through innumerable pages of text. But the implementation of this new mechanism is far from over, for now developers are struggling to include a vital component in order to make the system function.
Another application that has basically the same function was spotlight, but tech specialists say that it withers in comparison with Google’s search engine. For the record, deep linking refers to mechanism that employs the usage of a hyperlink, that links the searchers inquiry to a specific portion of an website. For example instead of searching for something like www.nasa.com, we can search for something more relevant to us like htttp://www.nasa.com/hubble/neutron_stars.jpg.
The result of the Google’s endeavor is to ultimately provide a better user experience, because it is better to use an application that was actually designed for the platform than a rather boorish mobile site.
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