New, easier-to-use Google Search for Android

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Hot on the heels of Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve updated Google Search for previous versions of Android: it’s all around faster, to get what you need quickly. In this version, you’ll notice:

  • Faster, smoother performance, with an updated and simplified user interface.
  • Suggestions for your search grouped by type, with web suggestions at the top.
  • Country-specific suggestions and search results for all countries with Google domains.
  • Long press to remove history items.
Search history, search suggestions and on-device results

Here are some additional tips we’d like to share:
  • Tap the arrow to the right of a search suggestion or history item to add it to your search term before searching.
  • Get suggestions from other apps on your phone - check out searchable items in Search settings.
  • Long press on home screen to add the Google Search widget, if you don’t have it already, to access search faster.
If you have Android 2.2, 2.3 or 3.x, you can download the app from Android Market or scan the QR code below.


Posted by Mathew Inwood, Software Engineer

32 comments:

ÅggeåÅsa said...

Any ideas on when we can expect a larger update on the Google Reader app?

As is for the being, it puts android to shame.

vdogg89 said...

Why was this blog post posted months ago?

Simon Jessey said...

Very nice, but it desperately needs the option of being moved to the SD card. Too many Google applications fail to offer this feature.

czTommy35 said...

Awesome, thank you so much! :)

Curt said...

So I try to download it on my Galaxy Nexus and it says not compatible yet it says compatible with 2.2 or higher. Apparently 4 < 2.2.

Really? A new version that isn't 4.0 compatible? Having a new phone is really less exciting when all the new cool stuff won't work with it.

howardb said...

Any chance of the source code...?

Greg said...

What's with the clock icon to the left each entry???

V10 said...

If you read the post it clearly says this is for previous versions same as what 4.0 already is!

V10 said...

Good question, I've wondered at the same. If you click on any of your previous searches, it date/time stamps previously visited sites so don't know what the point is

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Codemonkey85 said...

I really miss the ability to create a search widget for a specific searchable item. Can we have that feature back?

Alok Saharia said...

Before some times we have seen Google Search App for iOS... and now Google Search App for Android ... so this app is also offering all the features like iOS or there are some difference in both the app?

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Raged said...

Why did you remove search contacts..
that was the main use of this application for me.

turn phone on -> hold menu (search button), type part of persons name -> message/call/fb whatever someone..

please return it. or try to explain why it was removed..

thanks.

Angle said...

This is really a good application for android phones .....I am very excited to download this application in my Samsung android phone and feel the experience...

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Enzo - Mistra Formation said...

That's a good news!

We'll update our Formation Android with those new informations.

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gr said...

Is it my imagination or did you get rid of the icon on the left hand side of the Google search app that allowed you to select your searchable items? I found that to be a very useful feature, since it allowed me to change quickly from searching the web to searching contacts. (Would be better, though, if the search function within People could retrieve data from all fields and not just the contact name.) You now have to go into search settings to change searchable items, which requires multiple taps.

Enzo - Mistra Formation said...

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Fortuner said...

Very slow if compared to the previous version of search. Specially while searching on phone- offline contents such as contacts, apps etc...Very Very slow....

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