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Google Brings Apps Into Browsers, Blurring Mobile-Desktop Lines

Mobile applications brought the power of the Internet into smartphones, turning them into gateways for services and information. Now, as apps become more central to people’s digital lives, Google is looking to bring some of that technology back to the Web.

Google will start including data from popular apps into browser-based search results, helping users find information even if they haven’t downloaded the software onto their devices, the Web company said on Wednesday. And Google is taking the idea one step further, by letting people run apps right inside their Internet browsers.