The Android Google search widget can now be customized

Widgets are nothing but just mini-applications that can be placed in other applications like a user’s home screen and can receive timely updates. Last year, in the same month, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) launched its latest, Android 12, globally.

The latest Android version gave a new look to almost everything, ensuring a much more user-interactive experience. For this, the developers even rolled out newly updated widgets offering several new features. With Android 12+ in its beta phase, the developers are further working on new widget options.

Four years ago, Google launched its customizable Search Widget. The company is now planning to add some more customizable options with the upcoming Android 12+. When a search widget is placed on the screen, holding or moving it will offer a pencil edit option. Once the option is tapped, the user will be transported to a customized page where they’ll be offered 4 options, including an option to change the color of Google’s logo, change the edges of the search to either rounded edges or more prominent ones, just like the logo’s color, the color of the bar can also be adjusted, and lastly, a feature to make the bar more compatible with the wallpaper by making it transparent or fully visible.

To help the user in deciding what customization steps they should take, the whole customization page will be showing a live preview of the home screen featuring wallpaper and a save icon so the changes can be applied. A reset to default option will also be provided in case a user wants to start all over again.

This customizable feature will be available from version 13.40 of the Google application. Android 12+, which hasn’t been released globally yet, will also be offering the same feature to its users. And lastly, the Pixel Launcher will also feature this customizable option.

Widgets play an important role in assisting the user as well as making their device look more attractive. As a result, Android 12+ is likely to work on either adding new widgets or updating existing ones for future versions.

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