July 3, 2022

What you need to know

  • The Pixel Launcher could become more useful for searching within more apps other than the Google app.
  • Google has been spotted working on search shortcuts for Google Maps, Google Play, Settings, and YouTube.
  • If the launcher is unable to retrieve results from those apps, it will revert to Google Search.

The Pixel Launcher’s search functionality already allows you to search for items directly within the Google app. Google may be working on expanding that level of integration to other apps.

According to a teardown by 9to5Google, the launcher may pick up search integration for Google Maps, YouTube, the Play Store, and Settings. This feature was discovered in a recent version of the Android System Intelligence app, which governs the launcher’s integrations.