Google URL Shortener

Google's long had an excellent option for shortening URLs — goo.gl. Now it has a slick Android app to go along with it. Thomas Devaux rolled out the aptly named "Google URL Shortener" this morning that's as easy to use as it is functional.

The app syncs into your Google account, so you have access to any short URLs you've previously created (and you can get analytics on other goo.gl URLs as well). Short URLs can be starred for easy access — and creating new short URLs is as simple as pasting the full resource into the app.

Once you've created a new short URL, you can quickly and easily share into any app from your notifications. (Or if you prefer, change the settings to immediately copy the short URL to the clipboard, show a dialog or just do nothing.)

It's pretty feature-rich, free, and designed for smartphones, and 7- and 10-inch tablets. Definitely give this app a look-see.

 
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very nice! But, why post it as a private app by the developer if it's a Google app? =/ Makes it really, really hard to find when searching for it.

kingb71 says:

because it is a private app, it says right on the bottom of the description in Google play "This app is in no way affiliated nor endorsed by Google Inc. Google is a registered trademark of Google Inc"

13Elves says:

No it is confusing the way AC has written it. It makes it sounds as if it's a Google product not a private developer. AC should make this clearer.

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jeddo45 says:

Is it that big of a deal? It works, it looks nice, Google hasn't said squat, use it!

Nexus 5...enough said

mssca says:

I agree... I thought it was a Google App too!

"Thomas Devaux rolled out the aptly named "Google URL Shortener" this morning that's as easy to use as it is functional."

No Google :)

13Elves says:

" Google's long had an excellent option for shortening URLs — goo.gl. Now it has a slick Android app to go along with it. "

This is first sentence and it most certainly makes it sound like it's a Google app.

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Pedalbflat says:

Yeah. I was confused at first, within 30 seconds figured it out, moved on... NBD
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ConTejas says:

Rich, you're going mental if you don't think this article makes it sound like a new app from Google...

p1eric says:

I may try this one day if I can ever think of a reason to revisit previously shortened URLs. Until then I'll continue to use URL Shortener (goo.gl). It's even more lightweight and works perfectly every time.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yasadlad.glshortener

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Dreamless531 says:

Dude do you see the last time that app was updated???? I use urly but this app looks more in tune with Google design language and up 2 date so I'll give this a go

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FutureKix says:

Yes, I love things like this too. The look and feel is nice. Also, it might even accept URLs by "sharing", and if it does then that's a good reason to use it too!

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David Horgan says:

That's cool! Nice and handy!

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I love you Google :-)
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minnow4 says:

+1

Sent from my Nexus 7 (2013)

jonovw says:

finally...

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TheChez99 says:

There is a Developer Settings; Tap 5 times on the App Version

neonworm says:

Nice find!

JigsawPieces says:

You've typo'd in your link to the service - it's pointing at gool.gl.

havesomejoe says:

Does he work for Google I wonder. It's a great design.

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impu15ify says:

Apparently, he doesn't. Wouldn't be surprised if Google buy the app from him or hire him in the near future, though.

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os2baba says:

This needs to be a browser plug in. Switching from a browser to an external app is disruptive to the flow.

Jon Pham says:

I agree. Needs to be more seamless

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This is definitely useful. Me gusta

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Jonneh says:

JEEZE, GUYS... HOW MUCH ARE GOOGLE PAYING YOU GUYS FOR THIS STUFF!?!?? ?

I kid, I kid.

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