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Let's talk about the weird new Google search bar

When a company like Google (or in recent days Verizon) makes a major branding change, a lot of ink gets spilled. That's what's happened this past week as the new Google, under freshly-minted CEO Sundar Pichai, showed off its new logotype to the world. Flatter, serif-free and colorful as ever, the new Google logo represents the friendly face the Internet giant wants to show to the world. Some like it, some don't. Personally, I'm in the former camp.

Over on Android, many of Google's apps have already been updated with the new logo, including the main Google app itself, which handles Google Search, Google Now and the Google Now Launcher. And Google Now has been overhauled as part of this latest update, with new card layouts and a refreshed design.

But... There's one overwhelmingly negative change, and it's one that'll affect just about every Android phone going forward. We're talking, of course, about this:

Google Search Bar

That weird multicolored search bar.

It's a relatively minor change, sure. But the Google Search widget's prominence in the Android world — it appears on the home screen of every Google-certified Android phone — makes it a big deal. Assuming this isn't some temporary change tied into the new Google logo announcement, expect to see the new and much more colorful search bar on a ton of new Android device renders before the year's out.

In the "pure Android" world, meaning Nexus and Moto phones, and the handful of others using the Google Now Launcher by default, it's even more significant. That's because it's given prime real estate on every home screen panel in the bundled launcher.

Expect to see the new, colorful search bar on a ton of promotional renders before the year's out.

This may be an entirely subjective thing — but right, in my opinion, now it just looks bad. On the Moto X Play, for instance, my home screens went from looking relatively normal and minimalist to almost clownish in the space of one app update.

The Google search bar has been a relatively benign part of Android for years, sitting the background and acting as a neutral element on what might otherwise be a very colorful or icon-packed home screen. The new colors — particularly in the strangely partitioned mic icon — make the bar more noticeable, and perhaps touchable. For Google, that's a good thing.

But on just about every phone I've seen it on so far, the splash of primary colors clashes with the rest of the home screen, giving it an unfortunate Fisher-Price kind of vibe. It's a jarring change from the neutral greys used in the old widget, and has the potential to turn an otherwise classy looking smartphone into almost an object of fun.

Considering the vast reach of this particular widget, it's a significant design change for the entire Android ecosystem. A glance at Twitter reveals that online opinion is split down the middle.

Maybe our opinions will change over time. Maybe the change won't be permanent. Or maybe we'll just just a different widget, or switch launchers. Either way, it's a bigger change to the public face of Android than it might seem at first, and it'll be interesting to track the public reception to it over time.

In the meantime, we want to hear what you think of the new and very colorful Google search bar. Love it or hate it, hit the comments and share your thoughts!

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Time to Bing it! Posted via the Android Central App
  • That solution seems rather like burning down your house in order to kill a ladybug that got inside.
  • Perfect response and made me laugh as a bonus. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Brilliant analogy Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or could give Bing users the chance to rack up more Rewards points to trade in for giftcards etc. Sort of like the reason I do the Google Surveys.
  • Greatest analogical retort I've ever heard hahaahahha Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would rather lose a finger. --- This message brought to you via the sarcasm keyboard available for download at the Google Play Store.
    LG-G2 on Lollipop.
  • Wash your mouth out, lol.
  • I like it!
  • Me too. Nice change. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Particularly when he acid kicks in.
  • Agreed, it looks pretty awful.
  • Yup! But that's what Nova is for Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, yeah. I think the search bar is fine. Folks are picky these days.
  • That's beyond ugly!
  • Yeah I hate it. Looks tacky. Posted via Android Central App
  • Let us customize it Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^ This.
  • Please! If you won't let me remove it at least let me make it semi-transparent like it used to be. A lot of the wallpapers I want to use end up covered by it.
  • What do you mean they "won't let you remove it"? Have you ever head of Nova Launcher?
  • I prefer the Google Now Launcher. I like having the seamless Google now page and no other launcher has replicated that satisfactorily.
  • Yeah, I know what you mean, but I realized that tapping a shortcut on the home screen isn't really more complicated than swiping to the left.. so I put a shortcut to Google App on my homescreen and that's that :) (it opens Google Now in case you didn't know..) I hate the fact that Google Now launcher still has a 4x4 grid, even on larger displays, so I just god rid of it for good.
  • So you have a shortcut to the Google App, the white Google search widget (presumably), and the option to swipe up from the bottom? All on your homepage? I agree on the Google Now launcher grid though...way too big.
  • No :) Only the shortcut. No widget (takes up useful space) and no home button swipe - changed it to a screen-off app so now I don't ever touch my G2 power button on the back ;)
  • Lol, ok nice. I was this guy really likes to hit Google from every angle
  • On Nova, you can just swipe up with one finger for Google Now. That's how it works on mine anyway. Probably a setting in gestures or something.
  • If you pay for pro you can customize a ton of gestures for almost anything you want as well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks down at the 5x5 grid on his Nexus 6.
  • Yeah, but Nexus 6 isn't a phone :)
  • SMH What is the difference between swipe up or swipe over. Swipe up for Google Now should be on any Kit Kat + devices
  • You can use gestures on Nova remember? Set one up and then you've got your swipe to enter Google Now. Dunno if you can do swipe to the left, it might let you do it if you switch wallpaper scrolling off, but there are loads of different swipe gestures you could use, just pick one :-)
  • Nova Launcher lets you replace it with previous designs. I'm still able to rock the previous Lollipop design even though I've got the updated search app. And if you're feeling especially old school you can even rock the old 4.X holo designs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry, that's too flashy for my taste. Posted By MY Next Big Thing, The Galaxy Note 4!
  • I am not liking at all. Looks childish. Thank goodness for Nova Launcher. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was wondering why I hadn't gotten the new search bar yet until your comment reminded me that I was using Nova and have the translucent Kit Kat search box, not the solid white block of Lollipop. Switching to LP style doesn't show the Fisher-Price colors, so perhaps I haven't received the updated version.
  • Nope, I've still got classic lollipop design on Nova Launcher even with the updated search app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same on action launcher 3, with lollipop Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup. I don't even have a search bar anymore.
  • It's creepy, like adults acting and looking like kids creepy. Or grown men, by themselves, hanging around playgrounds creepy
  • Its not that weird
  • Yet you think the leaked Nexus hump does not look awful...not sure if can trust on design issues.
  • Really... That thing is really hideous... Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • So a person subjectively holds opinions different to yours, which, might I add, are held by a lot of us, and they lose all credibility? Yeah, sounds about right. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or, you know, I just think his design taste doesn't align with mine. No one said anything about losing all credibility, cry to someone else.
  • I never really use that bar so I don't really mind it
  • Ehhh, I use a Zooper Widget replacement, so I really don't mind either way.
  • So the search bar on my nexus 5 running preview 3 keeps changing from old to new. I don't mind either of them really, just think that's weird. Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • As a Google Now launcher user, I dread when this update will hit my phone. The subtle gray is definitely better. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Horrible. I hated it when I lost my elegant, semi-transparent search bar to a blinding white, in-your-face bar, and now I have to see this 7-year-old-turned-loose-with-crayons thing on every screen??? It might be time for me to use an alternate launcher for the first time in six years of owning Android phones. Blech. Posted via Moto Turbo
  • ^ This too.
  • Not. Liking. It. Period. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LOL, if this is really bothering you, ya'll SERIOUSLY need to get lives! :-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess the battery life and memory leak issues are all solved so this is all that's left.... Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • Yes because they only have one team working on everything. Idiot.
  • Try again as the point of the comment went right over your head... Or go suck on a tailpipe, either one's fine with me. Bye now. Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • He was right. You assertion was asinine.
  • What site are you on making comments?
    Phones are our lives. Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^truth. Posted via my amazingly smexy Nexus 6 yo
  • If it is something I look at all day every day, yes it is bitch worthy. I don't want it there Check out the new Nexus!, not a Rick roll
  • You bitch about everything, nothing new there.
  • Nah, he never bitches about Samsung.
  • Or Sprint
  • Ditto, that said it looks OK to me. Not that I'll ever see it. Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • I said to my wife...... Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 from the silent indifferent
  • AMEN BROTHER Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly.
  • So if you have a booger hanging out of your nose do you just not worry about it and go on living your life? It's right on your face and right where everyone looks when they're talking to you, but it's just a super minor little thing and no one should care, right? RIGHT? Nuh uh, you nasty, son.
  • I think it looks fine. Of course I've never had a search bar on my screen. My HTC phones had a capacitive search button and with Google Now I don't need a search bar.. Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • Change it back Google! I know you are reading this!
  • They read it before you even hit the post button. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ha! ! :) funny :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Needs to die. You nailed it right off the bat. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ummm, shouldn't bother anyone. Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes it should. Google Now Launcher just got turned into the Gay Pride Launcher. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Now you have done it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah I hope I don't get nailed to the LGBT cross LoL Posted via the Android Central App
  • It didn't bother me until you mentioned this. Now I can't think of anything else and I hate it!
  • Agreed! All I saw was a logo.... lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looool! Didn't think of it that way.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As someone who has a black & white theme on my home screne, I'm not too pleased with the new colors.
    Maybe old Googlie can just give us the option to swap back to the boring old grey version.
  • When I first saw the change, I initially thought it was one of the worst ideas I had seen. But, as I began to really think about it, while I'm not that keen on the look, I do like color that it brings. Over the last several years, it seems that we have moved to not only flat, which I'm OK with, but also a lack of color (menu bars, icons, etc., all are monochrome or gray). The color, for me is refreshing. I do think, however, that there needs to be an option to customize it. That would allow for those who like it to keep it and those who want it to go back to revert it.
  • I haven't updated it, so I still have the old one. Old one looks much better imo. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I really really really really like the wordmark. I really really really don't care for the colors. I think the wordmark looks great as one color - when it appears as white, or dark grey. I think it just looks really silly on things like Google Maps where it's multi colored. It reminds me of something designed for grade schoolers.
  • Same here. I'm hoping that in the places where the logo was monochrome before, we'll see monochrome again in a few weeks once they're done celebrating the new logo. It would certainly make sense, as the logo was multicolor before but monochrome where it was aesthetically appropriate. Posted via the AC App on my Nexus 6
  • First thing I noticed was this. It's horrid. For all you ppl who can't see it then you don't appreciate good design
  • Good design, like what is on the hood of your car?
  • No, like your mom
  • No, like your mom
  • Stop it kids, or go to your room. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awww, but he started it!
  • The technicolor is an attempt to alter your emotional state and signal happiness. It is more inviting to the user and gives off a friendly vibe that becomes embedded into your subconscious.....(mind control)
    Who cares what color it is, as long as it continues to give me a Googolplex amount of search results, then I'm satisfied.
    Picky Ricky over here lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • The point, I'm quite sure, is to bring more attention to it and get people using it. It's just like how random search suggestions started popping up in it a while back. It's a gentle way to draw people's attention to it and give them ideas on what it's capable of doing. As for its appearance, I can take it or leave it, I do understand why they changed it though.
  • Nova Prime... Problem solved. Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
  • Exactly. I didn't even know about the change lol
  • I love Nova and even paid for the prime, but I use GNL because I like swiping left to Google Now.
  • Alex I don't get why your hating on the search bar it's very googly if you ask me and I think that's the point.
  • Absolutely! This article is funny.
  • FYI: any upset Droid Turbo users can just long press on the background to access settings that hide the Google bar altogether. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mole Hill.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Google part doesn't bother me much, but that microphone just bugs me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I havn't noticed a change, I'm using a dark theme on cyanogen os though
    I usually use Bing anyways Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Bing...? Weirdo
  • "Maybe it bothers me more than it should." - Irk
  • The Google app icon is atrocious Posted From my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface pro 3
  • I really like it, and I don't get how,"
    A ton of ink can get spilled." Posted via the Android Central App
  • Glad I have Nova.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like it I think ur making a big deal out of nothing Posted via the Android Central App
  • Translation: I like it so your wrong Fixed it for ya:) Posted From my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface pro 3
  • It's different.. I think the multi colored mic is a bit odd looking but I don't mind the colored Google font. It has more color then I normally would have wanted with a widget but in a few weeks we'll all be over it.
  • This is really, really subjective. IMO, the colorful bar is a welcome change from the boring grey world of erstwhile Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't have one. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It looks hideous. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awful. I went back to the old version Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll get used to it.
  • This is the reason why I haven't updated any of the Google Apps.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe I'm weird but I kinda like it.
  • Looks fine. Hardly worth getting upset about. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Honestly, it will take some getting used to. But in a few months everybody will forget about it and this article will be history and we'll go back to our normal lives. The only difference will be something that is easily changeable. I think you're crying over spilt milk Posted via my amazingly smexy Nexus 6 yo
  • Are u kidding I think it looks awesome Posted via the Android Central App
  • Call me a fanboy I guess because I like it. 9 times out of 10 it will match the wallpaper I pic because of the multi colors. I'm still deciding on the new look of Google now though. Is it just me or has Google now calmed down (in a bad way) how much it reflects things you've searched in the past? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It looks like it was designed by my six year old niece. I hate it. I always delete the Google search bar widget anyways so it's a non-issue for me.
  • Meh, this can be an issue once OEM's fix the much uglier software that they put out.
  • Well, this entire effort was meant to increase visibility in the mobile environment. The old search bar... well, you knew it was there and you clicked on it. Now, Google wants you to SEE IT and get CONSTANTLY REMINDED that it is GOOGLE that you are using. I don't mind the change. It's a search widget, and it kind of falls into line with the recently visual changes to their apps. If you have really strong feelings about this, either good or bad, well, perhaps you should step away from whatever device you are using, go find yourself a little park and enjoy nature for a little bit. :)
  • Not getting the colors here. First gen Moto X. I see the new logo in the bar but it's still gray with white text. Microphone, too. Posted via Android Central App
  • I've noticed it, and while its not entirely bad on my Nexus 5, I do prefer the original non-colored version. My Nexus 7, however, had not been updated to Now Launcher, so the logo is updated, but its still just plain white.
  • Meh. I don't think I ever used the Google search bar on my TF701 or TF201 anyway.
  • I never do either., I would use it if the results opened in Chrome but they don't so after you see a list of results and click a link then it opens in Chrome. Going back and forth for many searches like that isn't as good to me as just opening Chrome and searching from Google.
  • Funny - I told my friends yesterday just the same. I'm fine with the new logo, but my phone now looks like a clown. Wtf! :)
  • You just want to bitch about something, what an stupid article and criticism
  • I don't know how long it's been like that on my phone but I just noticed it since it has been brought to my attention. My answer is that I simply do not care what it looks like just as long as it works Posted via the Android Central App
  • I honestly kinda like it actually! And I live the whole new look in Google Now! So no complaints here.
  • I kinda like it but I can totally see why some would find it a little to ostentatious. I guess I don't mind all the color since my home screen is filled with colorful icons and widgets but it would be nice to customize it. I use nova anyway so I can.
  • Weird? It looks fine to me. Change is hard I guess. I remember the Android status icons...when they changed from blue to white people got all pissy. Now it's normal and expected. This is no different. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like how many of us were forgetting to do a Google search before this change? I do them when I need to, and a colorful logo isn't going to remind me to do one any more or any less. That said, these colors are going to clash with many people's desktop aesthetics, mine included, but then again I use Apex Launcher...
  • It needs at least an option to change it. It just throws my themes right out the window. Unless I'm going with a rainbow Brite theme. Kill it or give choice! Bad sundar bad! Posted via the Android Central App
  • either gray or colored looks fine to me, even the mic icon. the new logo looks nice. "maybe we'll just just" get used to it.
  • I do like the treatment of the microphone symbol. It makes it easy to find and hit it, in a flat field display. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol people get so worked up over a search bar? Start getting heart medication now, as most of you will be likely candidates for strokes in the future * sent from my Note 5, with an S Pen safely inserted TIP FIRST.*
  • It fits in perfectly with the Lollipop design language. By which I mean it is cartoonish and awful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If the Apple people could get used to Jony Ive's iOS revamp, we can take this. Let's just say it's *magical*.
  • ios revamp is good, as is the revamp that material design brought to android. this logo in the search bar is tacky at best.
  • Doesn't bother me, my search bar changes with my wallpaper on action launcher Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nova Prime, no search bar, DuckDuckGo shortcut. Posted from the redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
  • For someone who keeps their screen pretty stock, it doesn't really look that bad.
  • I like the new logo and search bar quite a bit. Not surprised to see the negativity though. We always need to find something to be up in arms over so this week it's the logo/search bar.
  • 100% agree - it even looks out of place next to Material Design standards.
  • Nova's got my back. Google discovered a very good way to get me to not use their launcher.
  • Yup, I finally got used to the bright white search bar. Now I have to get used to the rainbow flag on top of my screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've never kept the search bar on any of my screens. It's not any faster than voice search In my opinion. Google knows why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. And they're willing to sell it to you.
  • Looks great to me, feels like some people just don't like change and complain for everything.
    It will start looking fine after few weeks !!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not that bad. People are uncomfortable with change....especially a minor change like this that you can change by switching the launcher. Takes 2 seconds. Get over yourselves. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Clashes with Material Design, no?
  • Oh no... Posted via Android Central App
  • Is the new Google search bar design aimed at gay pride? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love it, can't wait for my Nexus 6 to update!
  • I don't mind it much, maybe because I use Nova Launcher Prime. If does look comical, it's probably just to advertise the changes then it will change to something calmer... Posted via the AC App on SM-N910F
  • Not a fan, but I'm sure I can adjust with time. Fisher-Price is the perfect description. The update also broke the search bar widget in the recent apps view on my Nexus 6. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe 'm in the minority here but I always thought the Google Search Bar was silly. I think it's a waste of screen real estate since you don't even type "in the box." As soon as you touch it you're taken to search and there are other, simpler and more elegant ways to get there anyway. My preference is a long press on the home soft key. Since I don't use it I really don't care what the search box looks like. Now as far as the new logo itself, that looks silly too, but I guess if you're going to call yourself Alphabet a childish logo shouldn't be a surprise. ...Joe K.
  • The updated search bar is monochrome on my Moto G 1st Gen (still on KitKat 4.4.4 if that means anything). New logo, no colors. Same with the microphone. No colors.
  • I hate it but not enough to switch launchers.
  • I use Nova launcher. Problem solved. Posted via the Android Central App on my DROID Turbo
  • This is like when they decided to name the app store Google Play Store. If they don't give us the option to customize the search bar, we'll get used to it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Doesn't look all that bad you freaks. Could be worse.
  • I like this!
  • The new branding is really well designed and much more versatile. The only annoying thing is it looks a bit like the alphabet fridge magnets, although that was probably intentional. dreaming of electric sheep
  • Wow that is garish on your homescreen. Themers are going to flip, although serious themers probably don't use the stock launcher. Will definitely annoy me. I predict vast majority will hate this and it won't last long especially as people start looking for ways to remove the search bar.
  • Especially since you can't theme the stock launcher.... Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • Yup that's what Action Launcher 3 is good for. I personally don't like all those crazy colors in the search bar. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I liked the old one because it kind of blended in the background. Now, it stands out too much. It's livable though. Not that big of a deal.
  • Anyone who uses Google Now Launcher deserves whatever angst he/she gets.
  • You are an idiot!!!!! I'm surprised you even know how to turn on a smartphone or computer!!!! Google Now Launcher is all about productivity and organization!!! Snap out of it!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • So what you are saying is you like it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I haven't received the update yet. When I receive it hopefully I can live with it. I'm a minimalistic kinda guy on my home screen and I don't need wild colors jumping out at me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google Now Launcher is for feature-phobic users. Productivity? It doesn't do anything. it's 99 44/100% feature-free. It floats, and that's about it.
  • Nope
  • I did change my wallpaper to something more colorful, but I actually quite like the colored logo in the search bar (though the mic took more getting used to). What I'm not a fan of are the new capital G's in icons like Maps and Google+ - the lowercase serify g was a lot more elegant. But opinions are like a$$holes - everyone has one and most of them stink.
  • I like it. Using nova launcher which I'm sure will include it in the next update as an option along with the other options it already has for the Google search bar. That said I probably would never use Google launcher because of 3 things. Can't use icon packs, can't hide icons/apps that some manufacturers won't let you disable like Samsung, (get so tired of constantly having to choose Chrome as my only browser over the redundant carrier infused Internet browser) and can't change the grid sizes/columns. Also I should add that Nova allows 1 x 1 widgets to be placed on the dock- and that's just stinking cool. Posted via GS6 Active - aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Alex's description of "Fisher-Price" pretty much sums up my opinion of the static widget for Google Now Launcher.
  • It's aight
  • This is no surprise to me. Android started missing it's essence and elegance a while back. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I dont mind the google logo, but the mic has got to go back to a single color.
  • I get it this is an android website so of course everything Google gets micro analyzed. But, this is just so irrelevant to me to the point it couldn't be any more. It's function hasnt been altered and that's what matters to me. Actually, depending on the home screen u used prior to this switch, the widget would dissappear with the right colors. That shouldn't be an issue any longer. Prime example of a 1st world problem. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's right Alex Doobie, everyone is going to be laughing at u now! "Look at this grown man holding, what the hell even is that, some kind of Fisher price toy! Hahahahaha! A grown man walking around with some kind of kiddie toy!" Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like it. Google is just odd that way. Who doesn't mind a little color Posted via the Android Central App
  • Totally agree with this article!
  • This just in: the kardashian family have all come out and voiced their frustration over the design change. They hate it. Now if it's a problem with them then it should be a major concern with every American Posted via the Android Central App
  • They don't use iPhones? I'd find that that hard to believe but if so they are smarter than they seem.
  • So this will only affect people with Google Now Launcher and those who have a manually placed Google search app widget on their homescreen? I'm running stock launcher, Lollipop on Moto X 2013 and I don't believe the Google Search widget is even removable so I'm hoping it won't change.
  • I love the new color idea why...but I do lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's pretty bright. Definitely Fisher price. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The colorful Google isn't bad but the weird mic needs to go. Glad the search bar is removable on my S6...
  • The Google Now Launcher is now the Gay Pride Launcher. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed its ugly. I'm gonna stick with Smart Launcher 3. HTC One M9
  • That's what I use - Smart Launcher Pro 3. Excellent, simple, small, fast. Nova Prime is wonderful, too, but too much housekeeping involved. Smart Launcher does it all (almost) for me.
  • Fisher Price is exactly what I thought upon first seeing it.
  • I use Nova Prime so I don't have to deal with this change. I still use the ICS search bar because I like how it is all white with a transparent background.
  • For some reason hasn't arrived on my Nexus 7 though.
  • The old one was much more professional looking.
  • "..turn an otherwise classy looking smartphone into almost an object of fun..." Oh no! Not fun! The travesty. Just because your skies are mostly gray in the UK turning vibrant colors ashen doesn't mean the rest of the world can't appreciate some color.
  • Used to be color back in the day... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh Alex, couldn't you find something more important to bitch about? Jeez, get a life.
  • Nova launcher. Nuff said. Posted via Android Central App from a beautiful Ebony backed Original Moto X or the amazing Nexus 10
  • I use "Minimal - Zooper Widget Pro" on my home screen for Google search bar instead. You'd need Zooper widget pro installed first Or use Line launcher (Formerly dodol Launcher) it has built in search bar widgets which comes with free themes you can download if you don't want to pay for Zooper widget pro
  • Why pay for it just get the cracked apk online
  • Lame article. Come on Alex, you're better than this. What happened to this site?
  • Come on. If you're gonna criticise someone's work at least elaborate more on why you think it's lame. Because from my point of view. Google is kinda of a big deal so if their logo is changing and it's gonna be seeing in millions of phones it's definitely worth mentioning and having his own opinion about it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lame comment! Alex does great work! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't have this yet mine is still the old logo! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Curious. I could have sworn the Galaxy Note 3 was a certified Android phone. There is no Google search bar to be seen anywhere, unless I go out of my way to add one of the widgets. Nor do either of them include this new color scheme. One is grey on white, the other is all white with a transparent background. No NBC Peacocks here... Slow news day, Alex?
  • Don't have it yet, but I'm not a fan. It's not going to make me change my GNL. Posted via the Android Central App using a Project fi-less Nexii 6
  • Been using cortana since I found the apk and finally got in the open beta. Have it set to default and took google search bar off my home panel. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Personally i'am fine with it.
  • I really don't see what the problem is... does it work the same? Then deal with it. (It must of been a slow news day in the UK)
  • I don't like it, so the widget has gone from my home screen. Age with the article that it looked clownish. On reflection, I wasn't really using it anyway, with most of my searching starting with "OK Google"...
  • It's gross.
  • Hello Nova launcher and transparent search bar. Goodbye Google's fugly new cartoon search bar. The boy you trained, gone he is. Consumed by Darth Vader.
  • I don't understand how its a significant change. The font looks a little goofy to me,but as long as it gets the job done. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I removed the search bar from my home screen, don't use it. I do have the Voice Search widget (the circle with the little microphone in the middle) on a secondary page, but I deleted the search bar from my LG G4 as soon as I got the phone.
  • Nova let's me pick the look of my bar based on the various releases of Android. My phone doesn't appear to be affected. Posted via Android Central App with my LG G3
  • The only problem I have with it is that it looks weird with some of my wallpapers.
  • I like the way it looks. It adds a touch of Google in a fun yet subtle way. Everything else in the UI is still neutral white so it doesn't interfere with the color of the apps themselves.
  • Exactly!
  • I'll keep using it, but it's less favorable appeal to me also. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's called xgels. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's fun, but I get the complaints, just have a flat theme then a default, problem solved Posted via the Android Central App
  • What is wrong with it.its way better then the other logo! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Again, I don't understand the need for change in branding. I remember when Google changed the look of the browser icons several years ago. I didn't understand the purpose behind that either. As with Verizon's logo change, I don't understand the thinking behind Google's rebranding of its logos. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hate the new logo. It looks like it was drawn by a third grader. Why fix something that isn't broken? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because it is Google not Apple.
  • It's pretty bad. True. It really pops out on my homescreen, in a bad way.
    Just make it greyscale on stand-by. And put the colors up when you tap the search bar or activate the voice search.
  • That's what happens when u make an Indian ur CEO. They have their way with colors lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unfortunately, I do think the new logo and color screen makes Google and its products look clownish. It just doesn't look classy or sophisticated. And don't get me started on "Material Design". Everything has become much harder to read -- small or tiny fonts, often grey on white backgrounds, while at the same time managing to waste a lot of screen real estate. Sadly, we're stuck with this crap for years. It usually takes a long time for a new design group to raise to power and bring sensibility back.
  • I like it. Looks lively.
  • The search bar may look better if the Google logo and the mic button is set to grayscale, then turns colorful when pressed.
  • Now you're talking! Posted via the Android Central App
  • An option for black or grey text in the font would probably appease many. I did like the new one, now I'm not so sure Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like it. It adds color to my otherwise bland home page. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Still not appearing on my Nexus 7, anyone know why that would be?
  • I quite prefer this splash of color to the dull gray, not that the previous was all that bad.
  • I've never understood the need to even have the search bar on the homescreen. Can't you just long-press the menu button or swipe up from the home button (or any number of other quick options) to access Google search? Just seems like an unnecessary use of screen space.
  • For those of us with phones that haven't updated to 5.1.1, we still have the same search bar even though Google Now updated with the new icon and colors. "And that's all I'm going to say about that.." ~ Forrest Gump
  • Totally agree with you Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think the search bar looks like it came from the 1.5/1.6 era. Certainly doesn't go along with the overall polished look of 5.1
  • The Font is not bad, design wise. But this Hot Dog On A Stick color palate is making me sick.... I don't care how hard Google is pushing it. This annoying design Eco-System is making me want to root my Nexus 6.... Because Primary colors are meant for children people!
  • "There's nothing wrong with Google's revamped logo. But the bizarre new technicolor search bar needs to die."
    "Some like it, some don't. Personally, I'm in the former camp." So you like it? or You Don't Like it?
    You do knot the Difference between Former and Latter Don't You ?
  • Whats bad is the Horrendous "New & Improved" Google Now U.I.
    Do we need the Crayon "Google" In the middle of the page?
    What about the enormous Blank area. When will Google Realize Small Light Grey Fonts And Bright white Backgrounds DON'T belong on Mobile?
    Space on Mobile is at a premium to Prove that Google decides to leave well over 1/2 the opening page of Google Now Blank! Genius Google - Pure Genius. Who approves this crap?
    On the Google Now Left Panel - Put the Crayon "Google" in the search bar, NOT below it
    Then, Move it to the very top and shift it to the Right 3/4 of the page and put the Menu button on the left 1/4 at the very top left corner where it belongs.
    Next get rid of the Rows of Open Space and the useless Header parts of the subsections = "upcoming" "Updates for you" etc This part is NOT swipeable? Why? It should be ONE line Tall and connected to whats below it so you can delete the whole section.
    Poorly Desinged!
    If this is a sign of things to come, It's time to clean house at Google
  • Ugly so so ugly
  • Why is it like so many people are saying, "I like it/I don't really care, so everyone that doesn't like it has a screw loose."?
  • I like the new logo. I think it works a treat on the web. However androids search bar has always been greyed out and my personal preference is with this version. I love my home screen and i think the new logo will look awesome greyed out and so i hole the colour ones temporary. Having said this I do think android UI and goggles family of apps use colour to great effect and it's something I admire over other mobile operating systems but I do think it's important to use it appropriately. Of cause I forget how customisable android is. Why are any of us worried when a different launcher, ROM or theme can give us naysayers what we need.
  • I lOVE Google now and I wouldn't want to have to change, just because of a stupid obnauxsis color cplash at the top of my screen!
  • I think the new Google search bar adds a touch of whimsy and unwanted cheapness to my Nexus devices, robbing them of the class and subtle refinement that was once "Google."
  • It's horrible.
    But, on the other hand, it doesn't particularly affect me since it was the first thing I removed from my home screen anyway.
  • I really like it, but I'm upset that my Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi and my HTC M8 GPe don't have the lovely colors, just the new logo and mic in boring old grey.
  • I'm with you. My first thought was that it looks childish and clashes with my home screen. It's so bad I might have to delete the widget.
  • Sign the petition to get it changed back if you do not like it! :)
  • Petetion? heheh just uninstall the updates in your application manager. Its an Android not an Apple device you are not forced to keep it silly. I fixed mine in of 30 seconds
  • Looks lke a 2 year old took control of my Nexus.
  • I hate it. They should at least make a less colorful option available. Also some people would prefer a dark search bar option.
  • I have found a way to revert mine to the original one, Simply go to your application manager and find the app listed as "Google App" it will have a multicolored "G" as its logo. click on the app then you should have an option to "Uninstall Updates" after competing this process mine went from that horrible 70 ties colored looking one to the factory grey and white one. Also go into your play store and disable the automatic updates so it does not change back. Hope this helps!
  • I hate it and removed the widget from my screens. Google can do what they want but I don't want those colors on my screen. I do not dislike the new logo, but I severely dislike what hey have done to that widget.
  • I Despise it. Look, I don't understand the millennial obsession with rainbows, but I am a Gen X'er who is perfectly happy with an understated grey on white. How about an option? I mean that is the very reason I chose Android, for the options. If I wanted to be told what to like then I would have bought a f'ing apple product. Now I have to figure out how to uninstall it, I'm too busy for this crap google. update: Nova app from play store put it back to grey
  • Definitely do not like the new search bar, switched it to the Google App icon for a while and it bugs me just as much!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I like the new look. The colors and constant suggestions on what to say have made me learn new voice commands and use Google voice search much more than before when I hardly noticed it. I know that was Google's exact plan, but it works!
  • I like it:) Posted via the Samsung Galaxy S5
  • I like it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's absolutely horrible. But Google has been making loads of horrible software choices lately.
    For instance creating Inbox for people that found Gmail overwhelming, then taking some of the stronger, less palatable to a traditional or business email user, features from Inbox and moving them to Gmail. When Inbox was Created so those that preceded how Gmail worked could continue to use it, and those confused by it could have their own client. Now both of them have new features no one wanted or Needed in Gmail because Inbox was made for those new features. Not stupid enough for you?
    Okay, how about taking an app that had great tools and features, it backed up all your photos, Plus it had such good editing tools that many people had uninstalled their third party editors.
    Then Google Gutted the excellent editing suite and put in a much less useful version. They also changed they way in which it interfaced with their dying Google+, making That app less useful at the same time. Google's apps are larger than third party alternatives. Google apps can't be put on SD cards like third party apps. Google apps are becoming Less user friendly and functional with horrible implementations of Material Design. Google apps are amongst the Last to utilize new features in the latest builds of Android. They've had a year and their camera app Still doesn't take advantage of their Camera2 API, when several third party apps do. So are you really shocked that they have now changed a search bar that was Always monochrome and unobtrusive into this hideous clown car of a bar that clashes with Everything? Because of this, for the first time on my Nexus 5, I am going to be running the third party Nova Launcher to get this embarrassing search bar off my phone. It makes my phone look like a cheap toy. Android has been getting better and better.
    Google apps on the other hand, have been such a disaster that the Entire division should be fired and replaced. Period.
    And Material Design has made Every Google app it has touched harder to use. Third party apps implement Material Design, but actually put options behind the menu dots.
  • I'll take anyone's search bar whose life has taken a severe trauma by its existence. I lost mine in a reset and apparently I can't get it back. As a new user it was the only thing worth paying for a smartphone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's hideous and HUGE on a Turbo 2. But all you need to do to get rid of it is disable Google App.
  • Just put some duct tape over it.
    Problem solved. Seriously i HATE it. This huge white brick hovering at the top of the screen
    At least make the bar transparent, up to 100%
  • I'm getting weird trending searches in my bar and I can't turn them off. I never want the letter combination of Justin Bieber on my phone and I can't look at the Google search bar without seeing that and 5 other trending brainless searches.
  • The Android world really starting to suck...I change anything on my phone anymore..I can't even root my device came with 6.0 marshmallow another way for rich company's to control people
  • I'd like it smaller. One square that can open the talk voice search command. Do they have this? Posted via the Android Central App