Nobody likes long lengthy URLs, a bunch of characters together, which do not really follow any pattern or resemblance do not give a very professional look if you present the link as it is. As a result, there are several services out there which help you shorten these links such as Bit.ly, Goo.gl, Ow.ly etc. This is especially useful on Social Networks, where you are fighting the battle of limited characters.
Goo.gl is a service by Google which helps you shorten the links, and sure enough, several of you must have used the service knowingly or unknowingly. It is one of the easiest services out there to use for link shortening without missing out any key features. Given the popularity of the service, it is no surprise that an application of goo.gl has hit the Google Play Store. The application will work on any device running Android version 4.0 and above.
Play Store: Download Goo.gl link shortening app from Play Store from here
What does the App Offer?
Just like the web service, the application is extremely easy to use. All you need to do is to punch in the URL that you want to shorten. This can simply be done by copying the link from the browser and pasting it into the app. Go ahead and put in the URL and click on the link symbol at the end of the field. This will generate a shortened URL for the copied link and you can directly share this shortened URL right from within the application.
When you run the application for the first time, the application asks you the permission to log in using your Google account, and once you do that, it synchronizes all your other shortened links that you might generated using the service. The application has an in built analytics of your links in the form of cards just like the desktop version. Clicking on each card will give you plenty of useful data about your link, such as the number of people who clicked the links, the demographic location and even information on which browser was the link opened.
The application has a simple, minimal UI which is pleasing on the eye and easy to navigate around. In our time with the application and running it on our Nexus 5 there were no crashes or random freezes in the application which is another positive. So, go ahead and give the application a try, it definitely promises to make your life a lot easier if you end up sharing plenty of links with your Android device.