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On Android 12 Beta 5, the Pixel Launcher's search bar can find (almost) anything

On Android 12 Beta 5, the Pixel Launcher's search bar can find (almost) anything

Search is an almost universal element of human interface design, but it's still largely limited by context. In Android 12 Google has been expanding that to allow a single search from the home screen cover everything — your apps, contacts, settings, and wider content from the web via a link. While we've seen glimpses of this functionality in earlier betas, Beta 5 seems to be opening it wide.

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Android 12 Beta 5 fixes the annoying square search bar

Android 12 Beta 5 fixes the annoying square search bar

Among the more vexing changes in the Android 12 Betas to date has been the apparent bug that caused the search bar/widget built into the Pixel Launcher to lose its curves, not just appearing as a hard-edged square but with an off-center Google logo, to boot. As far as pedantically tiny frustrations go, it was maddening. Android 12 Beta 5 thankfully fixes that problem, and it looks like it won't be an issue when it hits stable.

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Google Lens is invading the Pixel Launcher's search bar

Google Lens is invading the Pixel Launcher's search bar

We've known for a few months now that Google planned to add a Lens shortcut to the search bar in the Pixel Launcher, but it was unclear when or even if the icon would make its way to all users. It seems like it might be timed with the upcoming release of Android 12, as new sightings of the logo within the widget are starting to pour in.

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Android 12 Beta 4 reveals more changes for enhanced search bar functionality

Android 12 Beta 4 reveals more changes for enhanced search bar functionality

Android 12 has at least one more hidden trick up its sleeve, and that's the long-rumored search universal changes for the launcher — which may even at least partially extend to third-party launchers via a new API. The new feature still isn't user-facing, but it's getting closer, and the folks at XDA Developers have been able to enable more functionality for the new search system in Android 12 Beta 4.

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Google extends Material You's dynamic app icon themes to more of its apps in Android 12 Beta 3

Google extends Material You's dynamic app icon themes to more of its apps in Android 12 Beta 3

Android 12 Beta 2 first introduced monochrome icons for Google apps based on your wallpaper's colors, much like other interface elements as part of Material You or Monet. Beta 3 expands on these capabilities. It's the first release of Android 12 that introduces a user-facing toggle to turn on or off these themed icons in the Wallpaper & style app, and while it's at it, it's adding a ton more Google apps to the list of supported icons.

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Android 12 Beta 3 decorates the Pixel Launcher with Material You accents

Android 12 Beta 3 decorates the Pixel Launcher with Material You accents

Android 12 Beta 3 has a bunch of new Material You integrations for the platform's dynamic theming system, and nestled among them (which we're still digging through) is a tweak to the Pixel Launcher. It seems pretty buggy and inconsistent in our testing, and it has some UI implications that could make Google reconsider it, but individual items in the Pixel Launcher's long-press menus can now inherit multiple, separate colors according to your wallpaper and what's directly behind the individual buttons.

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The Pixel Launcher is getting some subtle design tweaks in Android 12 Beta 2

The Pixel Launcher is getting some subtle design tweaks in Android 12 Beta 2

Android 12 Beta 2 finally introduced some of the more enticing changes like wallpaper-based theming and the privacy dashboard, but Google has also tweaked some other parts of the latest release while it was at it. Among these is the Pixel Launcher, which now more clearly shows you the grid when moving app icons and widgets around.

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There's nowhere Google Lens won't follow you — it's coming to the Pixel Launcher search bar next

There's nowhere Google Lens won't follow you — it's coming to the Pixel Launcher search bar next

Google Lens is an incredibly powerful tool that probably gets used way too little — you need to know how to access it in the first place, and even though Google isn't shy about adding it almost anywhere you could think of, it might still not be as discoverable as the company would like it to be. That's probably why it's experimenting with adding it to the homescreen search bar on Pixel phones.

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Android 12 DP3's new grid size makes your homescreen less overwhelming

Android 12 DP3's new grid size makes your homescreen less overwhelming

The ability to customize software as you wish is among the most attractive traits of Android, and Google is looking to give users even more choice with Android 12's hidden extensive theming options. While these have yet to become available to everyone in the latest developer preview of Android 12, Google is adding yet another grid size option to the Pixel launcher that aims to make your home screen less overwhelming.

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Pixel Launcher search bar could become more customizable with Android 12

Pixel Launcher search bar could become more customizable with Android 12

While some smartphone OEMs are still struggling to deliver Android 11, the second developer preview of Android 12 is already out in the wild. In addition to a new lockscreen pattern design and one-handed mode, there are a bunch of other things that Google isn't quite ready to show off. One such currently-hidden feature is a revamped Google Search bar that could bring new customization options to the Pixel launcher.

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