Google is rolling out an update to its Search app on Android with new Now on Tap animations and custom coloured logo. The update bumps the app version from 188.8.131.52 (on Android) to 5.10, and appears to be rolling out gradually across the world.
As spotted by 9to5 Google, while the Google Now on Tap till date showed a blue circle as a progress indicator, it now will start showing search related icons like a magnifying glass, eating utensils, and more.
The Google app update also brings a customisable Google logo on top of the Now cards stream. The feature will be seen in all the devices updated to v5.10, however, it is said to take a few more seconds to load. The large Google logo makes full use of the width of the device. At first, the logo will be shown in its flagship Blue, Red, Yellow, and Green colours, which will slowly fade in to White. When a part of the logo is tapped, it will be filled with a splotch of colour. Every touch is said to change the colour. The new-coloured logo made by user resets after a device reboot.
While Google has not listed it as such, it may be part of the company’s doodle initiative, which have featured interactive designs in the past. Since the rollout appears to be occurring in phases, it might take a while to reach other regions.
Google earlier this month announced that it will offer flood alerts in India through Google Public Alerts. The company said that users will be able to find flood alerts with river level information for over 170 areas in which Central Water Commission (CWC) has active observation stations.