Saturday, November 26, 2022 | 07:59 pm

Google Pixel Phones Might Soon Get A Serious Search Upgrade

Google Pixel Phones Might Soon Get A Serious Search Upgrade

Google Pixel phones like the Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro come with a few software tweaks and extras that help to differentiate them from all the other Android phones on the market, and it looks like another significant new feature is on the way.

As per code spotted by 9to5Google, the Pixel Launcher (so what you see on the first home screen) is being prepped for a search upgrade that will match queries to results inside a variety of additional apps, including Google Maps, YouTube, and the Play Store.

If you run a search from the Pixel home screen today, you’ll already get results from files on your phone as well as from the actual Google web search engine. Now it would appear that this functionality is about to be extended in the near future.

The improved search capabilities will of course save you the trouble of jumping into specific apps like Google Maps and YouTube and running searches from there. It also looks as though you might be able to search Android Settings using the same feature.

However, a note of caution: interpreting unfinished code is always tricky, and even if 9to5Google has correctly identified what these new features are, there’s always a chance that Google might change its mind about implementing them.

At the moment it’s not clear if or when other Android phones might get the same functionality, or when the search upgrade might hit Pixel phones. It’s possible that this will come as part of one of the Pixel Drop updates that Google regularly pushes out.