Android is known for its customization and openness, to the point where you can basically customize everything about your device… except for your search widget on your home screen.

As most Android users know, the Google Search widget is prominently placed on the home screen of many devices. There's just one problem: you can't change anything about it appearance-wise if you don't use third-party apps.

That may soon change thanks to a recent beta APK teardown by 9To5Google. It seems that Google is about to have a change of heart in the matter. In the beta, there are mentions of "Google Bar," in the code. When the code is enabled it displays an updated search widget, but that's not even the cool part: upon tapping the "Customize" tab you will see the Google widget with four buttons below it, which allow you to change the shape of the bar, the logo, the bar color, and the bar shading.

As far as the logo is concerned, you have the option of displaying the full Google logo or just the "G" itself. In terms of the shape, you can choose between the default rectangular shape, a rectangle with rounded corners and a round bar that is common in other flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S8. You can also change the colour of the icons from white to grey, or use colour sliders to make it exactly how you want it. The shading option allows you to determine whether you want the bar to be transparent, opaque, or somewhere in the middle. It's up to you.

Given that it's unreleased, it's possible that Google could just scrap it, but it's probably unlikely given how polished the feature already is. We'll be waiting, will you? Drop us a line in the comments section below.