Google Pixel Phones to Receive Split-Screen Support for Circle to Search

What you should know


  • Google is working on bringing split-screen support to Circle to Search on Google Pixel phones, enhancing its usability during multitasking.
  • Circle to Search, first introduced on the Galaxy S24 series, allows users to search the web by drawing a circle over text or images, and is now a popular feature on Google Pixel devices.
  • Previously, Circle to Search could not be used in split-screen mode on Pixel phones, a limitation not present on Samsung Galaxy phones.
  • Android 15, currently in beta, is expected to introduce split-screen support for Circle to Search, with a public release anticipated in the Fall.


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Oh, have you heard? “Circle to Search,” that nifty AI feature on Google Pixel phones, is getting a facelift. You know, the one where you can just tap, scribble, or draw a circle around any text or image to search the web? Yeah, that one. Well, it’s about to get even cooler.

So, Mishaal Rahman spilled the beans over at Android Authority. Google’s cooking up some split-screen magic for Circle to Search. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to use it while juggling two apps on your screen. How’s that for multitasking?

Remember when Circle to Search first popped up on the Galaxy S24 series? It was a game-changer. And then, Google Pixel devices jumped on the bandwagon. Users were all over it, finding it super quick and handy for on-the-fly searches.

But, here’s the kicker. On Pixel phones, Circle to Search and split-screen were like oil and water — they just didn’t mix. Wanted to search for something while in split-screen? Tough luck. You’d have to ditch one app to do it. Annoying, right?

Cue the dramatic music: “Circle to Search” in split-screen mode. Picture it. (Props to Android Authority for the visual.) This limitation on Pixel devices felt like a missed opportunity, especially since the Samsung Galaxy squad didn’t have this problem. A bug? A feature oversight? Who knows. But guess what? Google’s on it.

Word on the street is, Android 15 is the hero we’ve been waiting for. Currently strutting its stuff in beta, it’s set to roll out this Fall. Pixel phone users, your patience is about to pay off.

Let’s face it. This update is a big deal for Pixel peeps. Circle to Search, now with split-screen support, is about to become your go-to for multitasking. Searching without pausing your app action? Yes, please. It’s the little things, right?

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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