You’re apt to discover more useful apps for your smartphone or tablet computer at Ask.com.
At least that’s the thinking behind a licensing agreement that Ask’s search engine has forged with Silicon Valley startup Quixey, which has spent the past three years refining a technology to analyze the services offered through millions of applications designed for iPhones, iPads, Android gadgets, Windows devices and BlackBerrys. Results from Quixey’s database will now appear among the answers that Ask delivers to questions posed on its search engine. The apps results primarily will be featured in a new section of Ask. In some cases, though, an app might appear in the main results, even when a request isn’t explicitly seeking an app.