Now it’s possible to start Google Search within iMessage. The company just announced that its famous Search app has added an iMessage extension, letting users search for and share things like videos, business, and more when messaging others.
The extension is inspired by Gboard; Google’s own third-party keyboard app for the iOS device. However, the popularity of this third-party keyboard app is declining as it’s a bit clunky to switch back and forth unless you are using it as your default keyboard.
While searching, each result comes with a share button. Just tap the “search” button and it will add the item directly into your iMessage chat as a card. The recipient can go to the search page by taping on that card.
Besides, the iMessage app now offers a GIF search engine, which you can use by tapping on the “GIF” button to the right of the search box. It will load a selection of GIFs right away from websites like Tenor and Giphy.
If you have an iPad with iOS 11, you can now drag and drop a link, image or text to and from the Google app. For the Safari fan out there, just share a website using Google, and you will be served with related content, allowing you to learn more about the topic.
The iMessage extension tool is now available. However, this support is currently available only in the US. And to try these new features, you must have the latest version of the Google app.