Sometimes I don’t see announcements but instead I am surprised by a change on my Android phone. I noticed that the Google search bar looked different but didn’t go much past that until I read a post at the Google Mobile blog detailing some changes that Google has mad to its search function for those version of Android that are less than Ice Cream Sandwich.
Here’s a quick look at the difference which won’t tell you much other than stark black and white are in at Mountain View.
Here is the company line on the changes
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.
If you are an Android user you can use the QR code below to get the app or simply go to the Android market.
All I have to say is that it’s nice to see a search change by Google that hasn’t incited the industry high priests and priestesses to gather up their torch and pitchfork apps for their iPhones so they can complain on behalf of those who are in the business as opposed to the masses that actually use this stuff.