Content from iOS applications will now be available in search results from Google, joining content from their Android counterparts, and that content can be opened directly via Google search.
Product manager Eli Wald posted in the Google Developers Blog that the feature will roll out with “an initial group of apps” Google has been working with, both in the Google app and for signed-in users in Chrome, “in the coming weeks.”
Wald also offered instructions for developers interested in getting their apps indexed:
While app indexing for iOS is launching with a small group of test partners initially, we’re working to make this technology available to more app developers as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are the steps to get a head start on app indexing for iOS:
- Add deep linking support to your iOS app.
- Make sure it’s possible to return to search results with one click.
- Provide deep link annotations on your site.
- Let us know you’re interested. Keep in mind that expressing interest does not automatically guarantee getting app deep links in iOS search results.
Readers: What are your initial thoughts on Google’s app indexing for iOS?