All of the changes we’ve seen in the Android 13 developer previews are shaped by our first look at Android 13 Beta 1. Some of those changes seem to be interesting features, if not reflections on previous iterations of the operating system. For example, the Pixel Launcher app drawer in Android 13 Beta 1 has been changed to the familiar Google Toolbar search bar instead of the on-device version.
So far, Android 13 Beta 1 has a lot to offer and appears as a promising operating system when it is released to the public at large. Things like Now Playing previews, new Material You colors, and all-new Quick Settings have made their way to this new version of Android. However, something just doesn’t feel…right.
On Android 12 and Android 13 – both DP1 and DP2 – the app drawer contained a search bar on the device. This means that whatever you type in there will prompt your Pixel to search for apps and settings right on the device. There will be a “Search on Google” button available if you feel that taking the query online was worth it.
In Android 13 Beta 1, this search bar went back to the previous version as it was just a Google widget, complete with Google Lens, a Google app shortcut, and a voice search button. This is the same search bar that you find at the bottom of your screen on your Pixel. When you open the app drawer, the Google search bar will allow you to search for apps in the same way, but it will prioritize internet searches first rather than the apps and settings on your device.
In all likelihood, this is probably just a bug and the search bar on the device is supposed to be in its place. If it’s a bug, it’s also something that can be easily fixed in the future. There doesn’t seem to be an obvious reason why this change was made on purpose since the on-device search bar works fine in Android 12 and in Android 13 Developer Previews.
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