Google testing revamped WebView UI for Search and Discover on Google App

When a user taps on any article on the Discover feed or the search results on the Google App, it will open the website in a sheet. However, some websites automatically open in fullscreen for better viewing.

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Google is testing a revamped WebView user interface for the search and Discover feed in Google App that opens the website and articles in a sheet rather than going full screen. According to a report by 9to5Google, when a user taps on any article on the Discover feed or the search results on the Google App, it will open the website in a sheet, which can be dismissed by simply swiping down.

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The sheets still use the Google Chrome Custom Tab with the text “Running in Chrome” on top until the page is fully loaded. Users can close the sheet by tapping on the X button on the left side, and on the right side, there are other buttons, including share, save, and an overflow menu. Users can also dismiss the sheet quickly by swiping down using the pull tab at the top, and swiping up will extend the sheet and hides the background.

Further, 9to5Google reports that Google Search/Discover is smart enough to open video sites automatically in fullscreen for better viewing. Some Pixel phone users running the Google app version 13.37, currently in Beta, have noticed this change. It is unclear whether Google is rolling out this feature to every Beta user or just A/B testing.

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Google today announced the launch of voice search in eight additional Indian languages. Along with Hindi, the new languages include

  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

Starting today, users will be able to use these languages to dictate queries in Gboard on Android as well as in Search through the Google App. These new languages will also be made available in the Cloud Speech API and will soon be extended to other Google apps and products, including the Translate app. Voice search in these new languages will be available in Google Search on iOS as well.
In order to perform a voice-based search, users will need to set their language in the Voice settings menu in Google app.

Via Android Authority

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