Aug 05, 2015

Why are random searches appearing in the Google search bar on my Android phone?

Recently I’ve noticed that random searches are appearing in the Google search bar on my Nexus 6. Things like “cute cats” just show up. Now, I have nothing against cute cats, in fact I have one myself, but I know that I didn’t search for them. Any ideas why these searches are appearing out of thin air?
It's almost certainly the result of an effort by Google to promote voice search. There isn't anything to worry about. There was an article on Android Authority recently that mentioned this happening.
Maybe you have some kind of adware or malware? You might want to reset your device and/or check your installed apps to see if anything has been installed that might be doing that.
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