Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Google reportedly to revamp its launcher for 2016 Nexus

Google will soon announce the public roll out details of Android 7.0 Nougat alongside new HTC made Nexus phone. Now according to a new report Google is revamping Google Now launcher that ships with Nexus devices.

Android Police reports in the refreshed Google Now launcher, Google might be doing away with the app drawer and Google Search bar on home screen.

Now users will have to pull up the drawer by sliding up a frosted favorites tray or by tapping an app arrow icon above it. To shut the drawer, you'll have scroll down from anywhere on the screen except the navigation bar and notification screen. With the omission now you can pin five apps instead of four.

On the refreshed launcher the Google Search bar will also be missing in the home screen. Instead, there's a small tab with 'G' icon on the left side. Tapping on the 'G' icon will open Google's search functionality. There's also a non-removable calendar as well on the right. The report mentions that Google Assistant will be baked in to the new launcher.

Note that the is not the final version and design of Google launcher and is subject to several changes as the launcher is not running on the final Android 7.0 Nougat software.  


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