If you should know one thing about us here at Android Unfiltered, it’s that we are customization junkies. We live for the ability to make our devices our own. And that’s why you can count on us to share the latest and greatest means of customizing the devices you love. Today, we’ve got the APK file for the latest Google Search app, fresh with a pretty nifty new Search bar in tow.
This comes by way of one of our favorite sites, Android Police. If you haven’t already, check them out; it’s an absolute must if you’re an Android fanatic. Which, I can only assume you are since you’re here reading this now.
What is this customizable Search bar?
The latest Google app beta 7.14.15 is rolling out to the Google Play Store as I type this. Of course, we’ve got a download link for you to grab it minus the wait, but let’s take a look at the new customizable Search bar first.
You get into the customizations screen by clicking the overflow menu on the right of the Search bar. This is where all the magic happens. From here, you can change virtually every aspect of the Search bar, including shape, color, and transparency.
It’s nice to see Google taking a page out of the books of third-party apps, like Nova Launcher and such. Considering Android is all about customization, it’s a welcome addition for many folks like myself.
So, how do I get it?
The new version is rolling out to the Play Store now, but luckily there’s already an APK file you can install on your device without having to wait. Make sure you can install apps from unknown sources, then head over to the APK Mirror link below.
It’s worth mentioning that you might not see the overflow menu just yet. I’ve installed the APK on both my Pixel 2 and my Galaxy Note 8 review unit. No luck on the P2, but the N8 works just fine. There’re also numerous folks in the comment threads on the OP with mixed results. Some have it, some don’t.
Stop back and let us know if you see the new overflow menu and the customizable Search bar after you install!
Download Google app beta 7.14.15