Google Play update brings white Google Search bar into the app (arrow animation too)


Gogole Play Store App update white search bar

It’s not the most consistent UI element, but Google is about to bring their familiar white Search bar to a new application: the Google Play Store. In an update that will be rolling out “soon,” the current/previous colored bar along with its tiny search icon in the upper right has now been replaced by the white Search bar at the top of the Google Play Store’s homepage. Now, Google Play users can tap anywhere on the bar to pull up a search and yes, that wonderful arrow animation is also making a return (it was hidden by the slide out menu in a previous update).

We’re not entire sure how we feel about the change. Especially considering other apps like Gmail or Google Play Music are still using the more Material colored bar style, we have no idea where Google is going with this. No word on when the update will roll out, but we’ll update this post as soon as an APK is available. How do you guys feel about the (admittedly, small) UI change?


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Glad they’re working on the important stuff. I don’t know what I’d do without that search bar.

    1. Don’t forget the arrow animation!

      1. That animation keeps the blood flowing, if you get what I’m saying.

  2. Ew. Not a fan.

  3. I’m not in any hurry for a retail app.

  4. Bring on the download

    1. It’s not a download. It’s a server side update.

      1. “No word on when the update will roll out, but we’ll update this post as soon as an APK is available.”

        Which is it, server side or and a APK update? I would think APK, since the UI is changing.

  5. I didn’t like this change. I prefer the actual UI.

  6. Lol “girl gone” ?

    1. hahaha good eye!

  7. I don’t prefer the color change but I assume you can ‘OK Google’ in the Play Store so that is a plus :)

  8. I’m a fan, I think its a cool little addition

  9. Phandroid, please don’t put animated gifs so close to the article text. It’s very difficult to read when there’s something blinking or moving right by the text you’re trying to read.

    1. Scroll down until the image is gone?

      1. A little distance between the animation and the text would make that easier. There’s only a few pixels between them on this article, the scroll wheel on my mouse doesn’t even allow that fine an adjustment.

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