Nobody likes what Google did with the search bar on the Pixel Launcher

A recent change to the dock searchbox of the Pixel launcher has left users scratching their heads over Google's reasoning. The widget now features a text stating that it can be used to "Search apps and web.." or simply "Search..", as if you've forgotten what search boxes do.

Well, we haven't.

Just as you might imagine, this otherwise minor change has been the cause of tons of backlash that's aimed at Google itself. Sure, such a tooltip is a rather harmless addition to the stock Pixel Launcher that will be helpful to the average inexperienced user who is a novice Pixel owner.

But it's ugly and it feels like Google is adding things just for the sake of adding things. As you can imagine, that's a universally bad move. It adds unnecessary clutter to the otherwise clean aesthetic that the Pixel Launcher has going on. Sometimes minor changes are the most aggravating and it's easy to see why users would be unhappy at such an intelligence-offending change.

source: Google+




Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015


4. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It should display that text when you click in the search box, if Google really wants it there.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It was doomed to fail as soon as they came up with the name.

2. Peacetoall unregistered

People don't even like the issues pixel xl 2 is facing on daily basis

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Meh, this isn't iOS, if you don't like it, it's easily fixed with a separate one's dictating how the device you paid for should look/work.

15. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

IOS launcher even doesn't have the ability to lock the homescreen. My Ipad icons/folder arrangement is messed up every time my newphew play with it.

5. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

Since I have the Google font that widget would take maybe 3 minutes to make on KWGT.

6. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

That is not correct that no one likes it. I have no idea where these people get their information and conclusion.

8. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

If the designers did know about balance and Harmony. They wouldn't do such thing. Stupid ass designers ... I'm done


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Don’t like it? Replace the launcher if possible. Looks like it is a reminder...”besides web it can search your phone too.”

10. Subie

Posts: 2442; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

How many years did Apple have the words "slide to unlock" in the slide to unlock bar even though everyone knew what it was for? Would you dare to say that the text in the slide to unlock bar was ugly too Peter? I bet not... Now granted this is an addition by Google and I get that some won't like the change. If it's that big of a deal then I'd take MrShazam's advice in post 3.

11. speedingcheetah

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Putting a Google search bar on the bottom and moving up the dock icons is awful! I hate it! I keep touching the damn search bar instead of the app in the dock. It also looks terrible and waste of space since before, on 8.0, the little G icon search was next to the date/weather widget, both of witch are not movable. Why can't Google give their users customizations options to remove these forced widgets many don't want and only option is to use a 3rd party Launcher.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Google's engineers who decide to add it is surely like it.. So your title is invalid. (and looking at that source, right now only ~20 people stating that they didn't like it, and I doubt there are only ~20 pixel owners right now)

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Must not be an update I've gotten yet. I'm on 8.1 on my Pixel 2 XL but my search bar is just an empty gray box, save the "G" on the side.

14. royaldragonss

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

1980: We'll have flying cars in the future. 2017: Pixel Launcher's Google search bar has the word "Search" on it, causes massive community backlash.

16. Pigaro

Posts: 91; Member since: May 15, 2016

It's android, you can remove it or use another launcher

17. Lion5

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 16, 2017

I actually prefer the text instead of an empty grey bar taking up nearly the entire width of my screen.

18. iampun33t

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Hey, I like it, I use it daily. It's pretty useful.

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