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Latest Google app beta lets you customize your search bar

The latest Google app beta version (7.14.15) now features easy-access customization for the search bar. If you have the Google app installed on your phone, you can try the beta and get creative by changing the search bar's style and color.

Although third party launchers like Nova have offered Google search bar customization for a while now, it’s always interesting once Google makes the move to bake features developed elsewhere into the Android OS.

If you have the 7.14.15 beta already installed, you can access the discrete new feature by tapping the three-dot overview menu to the left and then tapping customize. There you’ll find a menu with the options to change the Google or ‘G’ logo, bar shape, color and transparency.

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Express yourself: Google search bar now in living color. / © Android Police

This may be a small update but it will work wonders for those who’ve always wanted a search bar that matches their GUI or wallpaper. Especially since Google has not offered much in terms of stylistic personalization for Android so far.

The latest Google app beta is available in the Play Store but if that’s not the case where you are, you can get it here.

What do you think? Should Google offer more in terms of personalization in Android?

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  • You do not want a large search box showing up on your screen all the time,if it offered a little short cut icon which you can change then press it to show the search box,when you require to use it,then it might be o.k


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    Deactivated Account 8 months ago Link to comment

    seems like a good idea until you use something really customisable..
    CSBW (custom Search bar widget) by Nate Wren Design
    is good example, have your own links, search engine etc lots of colour and style choices, far better than Google's limited choices.