+ Thursday February 21st, 2019

Google’s entire business started with search, and there’s little wonder that they’re trying to make it even more accessible with things like Google Assistant, voice search and more. One place where we can often find Google search is on the home screen of most Android devices, but it isn’t especially useful — that search widget has usually been fairly slow to react, and most people tend to just fire up Chrome and search from the address bar.

Google is looking to change this, though, with faster one-click access to search. Chrome Dev includes a new 4×1 widget which adds a search bar to your desktop, but it comes with a difference: one tap, and it immediately loads a search on Chrome. This process, as you can see below, takes significantly less than a second, compared to most other Google search widgets. Your keyboard is immediately visible and ready to go.

It’s a minor change, to be sure, but it may actually help people get into search a bit more easily. While it’s in Chrome Dev for now, it will make its way to standard Chrome fairly soon we suspect.

Chrome Dev
Chrome Dev
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
Via: 9to5Google.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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That’s pretty cool. This is where I probably do 70% of my searches anyway.

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