1. Father Tech's Avatar
    When I looked at my phone this morning [Moto X, 4.4.2] I saw that the Google search bar at the top of my home screen has changed. It's hard to describe, but it looks like a spotlight. The spotlight starts underneath the microphone on the right side of the search bar and it shines on the word 'Google' on the left side. Never saw this before.

    Anyone else seeing this? Is it some new update from Google?
    05-16-2014 09:13 AM
  2. Gekko's Avatar
    you can get rid of it and free up the screen real estate with Nova Launcher.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...oilsw.launcher
    05-16-2014 09:21 AM
  3. Father Tech's Avatar
    What I'd really like to know is if this comes from Google or is it a sign that something is wrong with my phone.
    05-16-2014 01:12 PM
  4. hallux's Avatar
    What I'd really like to know is if this comes from Google or is it a sign that something is wrong with my phone.
    My Moto X home screen search bar looks as it always has, no spotlight. Is it possible it's the "Spotlight Player"? Go into your apps, locate it and disable it (may need to uninstall updates first).

    you can get rid of it and free up the screen real estate with Nova Launcher.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...oilsw.launcher
    I didn't read the OP as complaining about the loss of screen real-estate, not sure Nova would solve the issue that was asked about.
    05-16-2014 06:37 PM
  5. Father Tech's Avatar
    Good thought about the Spotlight Player. However, Motorola told me it's not from them.

    I've attached a screenshot so you can see what I'm talking about. I should mention that my 'wallpaper' is a simple black background with gray dots.

    What Happened to the Search Bar?-android-spotlight.png
    05-17-2014 02:02 AM
  6. hallux's Avatar
    Here is what mine looks like. My background has a cloudy sky.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Attached Thumbnails What Happened to the Search Bar?-2074.jpg  
    05-17-2014 08:09 AM
  7. Father Tech's Avatar
    I just now checked my phone and guess what? No more spotlight.

    My guess is that this whole thing was related to some app, although I looked at the apps most recently updated, and nothing strikes me as having to do with a spotlight.
    05-18-2014 09:43 PM

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