When I open the Google App, it promptly opens Chrome and switches to google.com. I cannot access anything on Google App since it immediately switches to Chrome.
Same happened on my sister's Samsung Tablet. Turned out it was caused by the Qustodio Parental Control app. It blocked safe search which was forcing the Google app to open google search in Chrome because google would not allow the parental control app to enforce safe search and monitor its app .
Don't know if its that but here is Qustodio help article telling that : https://www.qustodio.com/en/help/article/2832549/ (under heading "Safe searches on Android")
If you don't have Qustodio Parental Control app, maybe it could be some other app that high control on your device. Qustodio shows at this link what i mean by high control (ex. Apps with usage access, Accessibility, etc) - go to the step called "11. When prompted to Activate app supervision, choose Activate Now.".
Actually from the looks of things, Google has implemented Chrome custom tabs feature. The Google app now opens search results as Chrome Custom Tabs.
According to Google Search help:
You can open web pages directly inside the Google app on your Android device. This lets you:
Open search result links faster
Stay in the Google app
Copy or share a link, re-open a link in your browser, and more
To be able to open web pages in app you need:
- Google app version 5.12+
- To go to Settings > Accounts & privacy to toggle on the new ‘Open web pages in app’ option:
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If the above conditions are met try troubleshooting by
Clearing app defaults in Settings
- Open your device's Settings app Settings.
- Under "Device," tap Apps .
- Tap the app that you no longer want to be the default (i.e Chrome)
- Tap Open by default and then clear defaults.
Clear Google app cache and(or) data (Settings >> Apps >> Google App >> Clear cache/data)