On Android 13 stable, the Unified Pixel Launcher search vanishes; a patch is on the way
Beta users of Android 13 could discover that the new unified Pixel Launcher search experience is no longer present after installing today’s stable edition of the operating system.
The integration of web and device search is one of Android 13’s best features on Pixel smartphones. The box that now displays at the top of the app grid is the same as the search bar that was previously located at the bottom of your home screen.
All of our devices lost unified search after upgrading from Android 13 Beta 4.1 to the stable release. This applies to both phones that received the small on-device OTA from Beta 4.1 to stable and phones that received the update manually sideloaded. This problem is present on a number of Pixel 4a, 6, 6 Pro, and 6a devices.
The fact that the search fields are no longer identical and that the ‘G’ logo, microphone, and Google Lens icon have been removed from the app drawer’s bar are two telltale signs of this regression. The actual home screen experience reverts to the outdated one without Material You stylings.
This evening, Google informed us that it was aware of the problem and that a fix would be available in an “upcoming update.” Since there hasn’t been any end-user activity or app update, it is hoped that a server-side repair can reverse the situation.
Users of the Android 13 Beta had a unified search during the duration of the preview and temporarily following an update to the stable release. After some time has passed or after a device reset, the new UI vanishes automatically.
Google has a remedy for the issue where users of Android 13 Beta cannot sideload the OTA because the image is older than the Beta 4.1 patch. This afternoon, the on-device (Check for OTA) update is being extensively distributed.
A changelog for the Android 13 Pixel update with 150 fixes is available here.
After the stable update and QPR1 preview in September, you can withdraw from the Android 13 Beta without deleting your device.
After upgrading to Android 13, the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a are unable to return to Android 12. Android 13 hands-on: Each user-facing feature, function, and adjustment is listed here. [Video]