Latest Google App beta tests a new in-app web browser for news and search results
Out of the several apps that Google offers on Android, there’s no single app that’s as versatile as the Google App. The app is one of the main components of Google Mobile Services as it contains Google Search, Google Discover, Google Podcasts, Google Assistant, and Google Lens. Despite the fact that Google has already packed in so much in the app, the company keeps adding new features to the app ever so often. Earlier this year in January, we spotted evidence that suggested that Google was working to add an incognito browser within the app. And now, the company is finally rolling out an in-app browser in the latest beta release of the Google App.
The new in-app web browser in the Google App was recently spotted by the folks over at 9to5Google in the latest beta release (v11.6.6) of the app. The report claims that the in-app browser is rolling out to some users and we’ve already received it on one of our Pixel 4’s running Android 10. As you can see in the attached video below, the browser automatically opens up as soon as you tap on any news article within the app, instead of redirecting to your default browser app. Much like the incognito browser that we’d seen previously, the new in-app browser allows you to bookmark pages by tapping on the Favorites button next to the address bar, share pages with others, and open the page in your default browser from within the three-dot contextual menu.
In case you don’t wish to use the in-app browser by default, you also get the option to toggle it off from within the settings menu. On top of that, it has its own privacy settings that allow you to clear all your browsing data for the in-app browser. As of now, the new in-app browser is only available for a handful of users on the latest beta release of the Google App, but we expect Google to roll it out to more users in the coming weeks.