Nobody likes what Google did with the search bar on the Pixel Launcher
by Peter Kostadinov / Dec 15, 2017, 8:50 AM
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.
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posted on Dec 15, 2017, 9:11 AM 1
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Meh, this isn't iOS, if you don't like it, it's easily fixed with a separate launcher...no one's dictating how the device you paid for should look/work.
posted on Dec 15, 2017, 9:27 AM 23
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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.
posted on Dec 15, 2017, 4:27 PM 3
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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.
posted on Dec 15, 2017, 4:45 PM 1
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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)
posted on Dec 15, 2017, 7:55 PM 0
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