Google Chrome for Android is Working on New Flashy Search Bar

Google Chrome for Android is Working on New Flashy Search Bar

An updated search bar and suggestions interface are in the works for Google Chrome for Android. The suggestions for it will now seem more like the Google Search app and the Pixel Launcher search on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro because the new design will mostly only be displayed when you press the search bar. The revamp is most likely to appear alongside or following the release of Chrome 108, which is presently in the Canary development stage and provides the greatest preview of the new look.

The chrome:/flags/#omnibox-modernize-visual-update flag, which accurately sums up the experiment, may be used to enable it on Chrome Canary: "Omnibox will display a new UI that is visually refreshed when enabled." Google refers to this combined address and search bar as an "Omnibox." Although the flag is also present in Chrome 105, the most recent stable release, nothing has changed yet.

You won't notice much of a difference whether visiting a website or just looking at the search bar when Canary is activated. Right now, the visual change only applies to the screen that appears when you tap the search bar.

Here, search and URL recommendations are now placed in a box with rounded borders, with each recommendation being featured on a separate little card. It goes a long way toward giving Android a more similar feel across default apps because the appearance is similar to that of the Pixel launcher search or the Google Search app.

Google Chrome new search bar

It's interesting to note that "this flag is for step 1 in the Clank Omnibox overhaul plan" is mentioned in the flag description as well, indicating that Google is working on a more extensive Omnibox update. However, no further information was provided about this.

As it did with its Chrome Duet trials in the past, we believe that Google will move the search bar back to the bottom of the screen during the redesign. Reaching the top of the screen is becoming more difficult as phones grow bigger and adopt unusual folding form factors. Other browsers like Firefox or Brave have already adopted this design idea, and Apple has started by defaulting to a bottom-centered layout for Safari on iOS.