This. I'm running Samsungs though. There's a version for non-Samsung devices but I never used that one.
Used this app for 3 years and it runs well.
The company replies to emails promptly.
As for your search bar see if you can disable it in apps. I just kill it with PD. On my Samsungs I also have the option to remove it from the homepage (push, hold, punch remove from home).
I think that app also makes another annoying search mod to the browsers but it's been a while since I had to look at it.