Google Pixel and Pixel XL are getting Pixel 2 features as part of Android 8.1
Google is bringing some special features to the Pixel 2 phone before with Android 8.1 Developer Preview.
Google’s original Pixel smartphones are getting new features that were previously exclusively available on second-generation Pixel 2 smartphones. New features are coming as part of the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, including the new Search Bar which offers more integrated search than ever before.
Original Pixel smartphones have been launched with a search bar that only matches search with relevant apps. In Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, however, search works a little differently by showing past searches and returning web pages as a result of apps as well. The new search bar is more integrated and combines the power of Pixel’s app drawer and mobile search. The feature is also accessible when searching things from the home screen.
It should also be noted that the update has redesigned the search bar with rounded corners and moved the Google logo to the left. Overall, the search experience on Pixel and Pixel XL is now on par with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Last month, Google announced Android 8.1 Orio Preview, which brought some new software features alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The update brings some similarities between the original Pixel and the new Pixel 2 smartphone in terms of appearance. Like the Pixel 2, the search bar is now placed between dock icons and navigation buttons. Pixel and Pixel XL now support a transparent app drawer and widget at a glance.
The update is being launched today for Pixel and Pixel XL owners registered in Android 8.1 Developer Preview. The rollout comes in the form of a server-side update and will be available in phases. If you still haven’t seen the update, wait a minute and you’ll see the notification the next day.