Some Pixel users are having problems with the Google search bar on their home screens

Some Pixel users are having problems with the Google search bar on their home screens
Several Pixel users who frequent Reddit are complaining about the Google search bar on their home screens. Apparently, the bar won't list users' past search histories or make recommendations when one or two letters are typed into the bar. This apparently is a bug that has been infesting all Pixel models. Rebooting the phone doesn't help, but one Redditor did find a workaround for his Pixel 2 XL.

This might not work on all Pixel models, but by enabling the Google feed inside the Pixel launcher, it returned the suggestions to the Google search bar on the Pixel 2 XL. Not everyone wants to find their Google feed when they swipe on the home screen from left to right, but if you use the Google search bar to find and launch apps, it might be but a small price to pay to get your search recommendations back.

The bug has been spotted on Pixel models powered by Android 8.1 Oreo and the Android P Developer Preview 4. Hopefully, Google gets wind of this problem and pushes out the necessary patch. We should point out that this issue only appears on the search bar found on the home screen. Open the Google app on a Pixel model, and all search functions are working as usual.


source: Reddit via AndroidPolice



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I gave up on this phone. Sold it and just went to a second iPhone. I hate carrying two of them but the Pixel 2 xl I had too many issues. The camera, speakers, screen, Bluetooth pairing. What a s**tty phone.

2. peace247 unregistered

camera?!! speaker??!! i can, for once, understand screen but camera... really? you have never owned any of these smartphones... neither pixel nor iPhone....what a lying a&&

4. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Used to own the pixe 2 xl couple of month ago and yes dual front speakers has wired sound distored and call quality are really bad. Camera for still yeah it’s excllent, but not every scene will always comes prefect it depends, but still an excllent camera despite video aren’t that good even in 4k.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014 He’s not lying. The Pixel 2/2XL do have a camera problem. There was just an article about it here on PA not to long ago.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

And the issues just keep piling on for the Pixel devices. The Pixel 2/2XL are worse than the 1st generation Pixels with all of these bugs. Google has really released a craptastic smartphone line in the Pixel. How anyone can continue to deflect from the real issues that the Pixels keep on having is beyond me. I have low expectations for the third generation Pixels because of all of these issues.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There's a reason why LG and HTC are where they are. I imagine they must've given Google sweetheart deals to be the chosen ODMs for the Pixel line.

10. phonedroid

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

I have no problems with my pixel 2 xl. No blue screen either. Just like my note 5.

11. phonedroid

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

Well wait I did return my first one because of the blue tint, but I got my replacement within a few days and its been smooth sailing since about two weeks after release day. Bluetooth is stable, and I get fast security updates. Everyones opinion varies I guess.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Documented issues aren’t “opinions”. Just sayin’.

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