The guys over at 9to5Google did an APK teardown of the latest Google app last week, which revealed a customizable “Google Bar”. They have now managed to activate the feature, revealing exactly what it is and how it works.
Google Bar is a new version of the company’s search widget that you can customize in a number of different ways. You can change the logo by opting for the one found on older devices, or the one used on newer handsets such as the Galaxy S8, which is a lot more minimalistic.
You can also change the shape of the widget, its color, and set the transparency with the help of a slider. Check out what this looks like in action below.
Of course, the new widget isn’t really groundbreaking, but the new features it offers are a welcomed addition. Android has always been about customization, and bringing this option to what is probably one of the most used widgets out there is something that will be well received by users.
The new search widget isn’t live yet, and there’s no word on when it will be available. It looks like it’s more or less finished, so we probably won’t have to wait long before Google releases it via an update.