Google app beta brings search UI overhaul to Android 13
With Android 13, an overhaul of the Pixel Launcher search experience is underway, and one aspect of it is now live with the latest Google app beta.
After installing 13.20 – currently in the beta channel – this afternoon, opening the Google app and tapping on the search box reveals a new list design for autocomplete suggestions and your history/past queries .
Each element is placed in a card with the top and bottom with rounded corners. The icon on the left indicating whether something is a previous search term or a new query is placed in a circle. Touch targets are slightly higher. The previous look simply placed text on a background and remained unchanged for many years.
This new list design should also appear in the Pixel Launcher search on the device whenever this is fixed in a future Android 13 beta. You only get the app search on beta 2 today with the list of web results under the white, although still workable.
Overall, this gives a more modern look that fits in with Material You better than the previous design. Google Search on Android hasn’t seen any substantial changes for a while now, and it looks noticeably different from other apps on the mobile OS. The last major update was the dark theme in 2020, while there were minor tweaks here and there. For the most part, Search has kept its own user interface on Android, iOS, and the web.
Google App 13.20 is expected to roll out to the Stable Channel over the next week without any visual changes on Android 12 and earlier.
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