Pixel Launcher can get a handy upgrade to its search experience

What you need to know

  • Pixel Launcher can be more useful for searching multiple apps other than the Google app.
  • Google has been seen working on search shortcuts to Google Maps, Google Play, Settings and YouTube.
  • If the launcher is unable to retrieve results from these apps, it will return to Google Search.

The Pixel Launcher search feature already allows you to search for items directly in the Google app. Google may be working to extend this level of integration to other apps.

According to a deardown from 9to5Google, the launcher can download search integration for Google Maps, YouTube, Play Store and Settings. This feature was discovered in a newer version of the Android System Intelligence app, which controls the launcher’s integrations.