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Now you can use Google Search within iMessage

Now you can use Google Search within iMessage Now you can use Google Search within iMessage
Theresa Hayes | 06 March, 2018, 09:20

The company just introduced an update that adds an iMessage extension to Google's iOS app.

It appears that if you click through on any of the cards to a restaurant's local listing, there is not a native sharing integration.

First, a look at the new iMessage extension, which allows users to search Google and share results with those they're chatting with in iMessage. This means you can search and share results without ever having to leave your current thread. To the right of the search bar is a dedicated button which switches things into GIF Search mode.

If you already have the Google app on your device, no additional installation is required.

MacRumors reports that Google has also announced another perk for iMessage users with iPhones or iPads running iOS 11.

GIF search is a popular feature in Gboard, following that app's update a year ago. It also has to pay Apple billions to be the default search engine on iOS.

Now, so long as you have Google's iOS app installed, Google searches are only a couple taps away whenever you're in the Messages app.

Making Gboard's features available via an iMessage extension makes sense because not everyone wants to swap out their default keyboard on their iOS device.

Users do not need to install anything to access the new extension.

So, now is the time to check for updates, or to head over to the App Store to download the latest version of the Google app.

Google's latest Search feature marks the latest chapter in an intertwined and increasingly complex relationship between Google and Apple. One is a new share sheet option - now, when you share a webpage from Safari with Google, it will also show you suggestions for related content. Google says it has incorporated the feature on its end, so users can just launch iMessage, tap the apps drawer and conduct a Google search by tapping on the Google app icon. Simply select text, links, or images and drag them to another window or app and you're done.

We've reached out to Google to find out when the feature will be available for everyone.