Tech giants keep on updating their apps and services in order to roll out new functionalities. Many times the changes are so minor that they don’t even appear for everyone. Have you seen the latest version of the Google Search app? It shows the company is removing its Search feature in favor of the Google Assistant. Reportedly, Google is replacing the process of voice search on Android devices with Google Assistant. Before this, voice search enabled users to request a search verbally. But now, the tech-giant wants its virtual digital assistant to take charge of all voice searches. The search-engine giant has replaced the old voice search icon with the four-dot Assistant logo in its app. You can see the new change even in the search bar. Now onwards you will not see the microphone icon, once present on the right-hand side of the search field.
Another notable change in Google’s search app is previously it the bar hosted the words, Say Hey Google. While the latest version will read a new phrase – Ask any Question. Accessing the option still results in the old interface, but now the Assistant performs the query. It even displays open in the slide-up panel. Notably, an Assistant cannot offer a direct answer to every question.
Still, there are many fans of the older version, i.e., Voice search because it enabled users to surf by verbal command. It also supported a number of languages. On the other hand, the Google Assistant will also help users to find anything over the web. The company has not rolled out the update globally. So currently, the functionality is not available for all users. The new feature is exclusively available for the Google app version, i.e., 10.24 stable and 10.28 beta. This is probably not a trial, but a permanent replacement. Now it seems like Google is knowingly pushing its Assistant across the platform. So in the upcoming years, you might see this functionality in all devices.