It seems that Google is playing with some new functionality for Google Search to kick off the new year, Reddit user tyler_shaw24 has posted some images of his Google Search after installing the January security update on his Nexus 6P and Recent Searches, What’s Hot and Nearby options now appear below his last search.

Nearby is focused on finding restaurants, gas stations, ATMs or coffee shops based on your current location.


Recent Searches — wait for it — shows your recent searches, which has been the default behavior for Google Search to date.


Finally, we have a what’s hot option that shows some current trending Google searches.


Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to check out the feature ourselves, as this would appear to either be a truly experimental feature that not everyone will see or it is slowly rolling out and won’t hit all devices for some time.

What do you think of these options? Would you find this more useful than simply seeing recent searches by default or are you happy with Google Search as it is now?

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