June 17, 2021
Google app recent tab

Google App Recent Tab Spotted on Android

A new Google app recent tab is now showing up, giving users quick access to previous searches to find content fast, make comparisons, and more…

In an apparent server-side switch, the mobile native Google app now includes a new clock icon, or Recent tab. It’s the third, situated to the lower right, after the main News feed and Upcoming tabs.

Google App Recent Tab Appearing on Android Devices

The Google App recent tab can easily be found at the bottom right of the screen:

Google app recent tab screenshot

Tapping on the clock icon reveals a new screen, titled “Introduction to Recent,” which explains users can rediscover searches conducted through the Google app:

Google app recent tab introduction

The app also allows users to compare products. The Compare card states, “Can’t decide on what to buy? Compare the options you found side by side.” And, if users see unwanted recent pages, just swiping up dismisses them but does not delete them from their Google account.

Google app recent tab compare and swipe up to dismiss

Going past the introduction material reveals screenshots of recent Google app searches:

Google app recent tab search history screenshots

At this time, it’s unclear which Android versions and what markets are seeing the new Google app recent tab. But testing a variety of devices found it on some, while absent on others. Google has made many changes to its flagship app over time, the most notable in December, when it rolled out the Google app feed.

Today, the company started launching its newest Google app feed, which provides a more personalized experience, based on a user’s interest and previous searches.

Google announced new shortcuts back in March for its mobile app. It also introduced Trending News cards earlier in the same month. Most recently, Google app AMP links began appearing in the news feed and seem to now be expanding in number.

The Google app is available for download in Google Play Store, as well as in the Apple App Store.

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Owen E. Richason IV

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