In late 2016, search engine giant Google unveiled the Pixel series of smartphone namely the Pixel and its enlarged variant, the Pixel XL. It was considered as the company’s entry into the smartphone hardware scene (not really due to the fact that the first gen Pixel phones were made by HTC, for Google) by creating an identity for itself with the Pixel brand. Moreover, thanks to Google’s then Nexus line of devices, which is what evolved to become Pixel. Speaking of Nexus, it featured devices manufactured by OEMs namely Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei on a yearly basis coupled with the stock Android operating system rather than their clunky skins atop, hence the Nexus branding. This way, consumers enjoyed the best of both worlds, that is solid hardware with silky smooth software. However, Google’s decision to withdraw the Nexus line and start a new brand was not favored initially by tech enthusiasts or the general public alike for that matter. Dear Google, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it! Nexus will always remain in our hearts ever, forever.
Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Fast forward to 2017, and there came the successors to the 2016 Google flagship devices, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. Though these devices were flagship grade both hardware and software wise, the design of these were considered evolutionary rather than revolutionary, which is a not a bad thing at all, considering their predecessors featured a neat and simple design, barring those giant bezels top and bottom. Speaking of bezels, the Pixel 2 retains almost the same bezel filled front fascia as its predecessor. However, it is the Pixel 2 XL that followed the 2017 trend of bezel-less design. Speaking of which, the device has been plagued with issues regarding its OLED display and other hardware (I don’t have to mention the issues as most of you all are already aware of and read it elsewhere on the internet). However, quite interestingly and given that it is a flagship device with the best Android experience out there, those issues didn’t seem to affect its sales that much.
Have you been craving to try out the new Google search bar widget that is currently featured on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL or maybe even the first generation Pixel devices for that matter? Your wait is over, you can try it out now, for a simple app that goes by the name Vizorg Widget allows you to not only just use the widget but also it provides you with the ability to customize the look and feel to give the widget that extra bit of flair. Enough said, let’s take an in-depth look at both Pixel and Pixel 2 widgets and it’s customization options as depicted in the screenshots below.
Pixel/Pixel XL pill widget
Welcome to Vizorg Widget. In the main screen of the app, as shown above, you can tweak the Pixel pill widget’s colour, text, background colour and more settings as per your preference. Note that this is the Pixel/Pixel XL pill widget. Worry not, the Pixel 2 widget is on its way! All the settings and features are pretty much self-explanatory. However, tap the Google logo or the date and time located on the widget to try out the different styles available. Refer the screenshots below.
Select from a plethora of Google search logo styles available. However, not all of them are free, as in a few of the logos are greyed out (purchase the premium version).
Only two styles are available for the date and time in the free version. The greyed out styles are only available in the premium version.
With all of the customization and tweaking applied, now let’s check out the widget in action below.
Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL pill widget
From the main screen of the app, tap the three-line button a.k.a. the Hamburger menu button to access the side menu. Then, tap SearchBar widget to bring up the widget. Refer the screenshot below.
Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL SearchBar widget is shown above. Here, you have options that are again pretty much self-explanatory. However, tap the Google logo, search bar or the microphone icon to further customize the widget look and feel. Check out the screenshots below.
Do you all want to get rid of advertisements and access all the greyed out options? Then, purchase the PRO version which would set you back ₹ 90.00 or $ 1.407 to be precise. From the main screen of the app, tap the three-line button and then tap PRO version.
My thoughts and conclusion
Vizorg Widget is one app that does its best to bring the Google Pixel search bar to any Android device out there. Moreover, with various customization and tweaking options available, it is one must have widget not only for any Android device but also those rocking a Pixel device out there.
And that’s it, folks, on my in-depth look and review of Vizorg Widget for Android devices. Feel free to chime in the comments section on your take and experience with this amazing widget. Download Vizorg Widget via the Google Play Store link given below.