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No app drawer for Android N?
According to a report published today, the next build of Google's open source OS will launch without an app drawer. Android N will most likely start rolling out to Android users toward the tail end of this year. According to two separate sources that spoke with Android Authority, the app drawer does not appear on early, pre-release versions of Android 7.0.

This, of course, doesn't mean that the drawer won't be added to the operating system prior to the consumer launch of Android N. We expect to see the developer preview of the OS made available this summer during the Google I/O developer conference. This year, Google I/O will run from May 18th through May 20th and will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, right in Google's back yard.

If this report is legit, Google will have to deal with those who will say that it is trying to make Android look more like iOS. And Android users will once again be thumbing through their apps horizontally. The update to Android 6.0 changed the direction of the app drawer from horizontal to vertical. That theoretically speeds up the process of searching through installed titles, although most Android users seem to favor searching horizontally.

source: AndroidAuthority

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posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:39 21

1. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2371; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


No rational logic in dumping such feature. Eitherway, Nova launcher will always bring it back regardless what they do with it...

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 19:58 1

36. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


true and the app draw is a major difference from apples ui
though i do understand no draw will make the ui less bulky

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 23:23 4

41. kajam (Posts: 203; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


I think they are trying to teach us how to use IOS. and apple ui is one of the reasons that i moved to android

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:41 9

2. zeeBomb (Posts: 1863; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


News had me like:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk-J4aHH9Sk

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:41 2

3. xondk (Posts: 1250; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I doubt they have dumped it, I wouldn't be too surprised if they are tweaking it or working on another way to give the same feature, removing it would make no sense.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:43 6

4. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Most oems will probably keep the app draw, Most likely Only nexus devices will be appdrawerless lol.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 18:40 1

30. FluffyBled (Posts: 509; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Hoping this is the real case :D!

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:45 20

5. abdoualgeria (Posts: 324; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Thanks , but no thanks . I don't want my screen filled with app icons!!

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:46 1

6. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Honestly not having the app drawer is more convenient, I find what app I need a lot quicker on ios than I did on android.

Honestly, most people won't even remember there use to be an app draw, after a week of not having one. I'd completely forgotten about it, till just now and I left android only 1 month ago.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:11 21

12. buccob (Posts: 2522; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


This only applies to people who dont organize their devices, but in this community there are many "above average" users who go beyond most to make their experience better.... and if you take the time to arrange your icons, then nothing beat Android.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:52

23. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I organize my devices extensively, I love symmetry and for things to be in a certain order. On android I liked my home screen to look clean, with my favorite widgets and most used apps, all laid out in a perfect and even order. I can still accomplish the clean and organized look i had on android using ios, without widgets of course. all my apps and folders are laid out exactly how i want them so i don't mind my screen full of apps as long as they are in the place i want them to be.

What I said in post #6 does not only apply to those who don't organize there devices.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 19:43

55. fwbroke (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


you meant to say, exactly how Apple wants you to have them, right?

"are laid out exactly how i want them"

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 19:57

35. ibend (Posts: 3865; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


smartlauncher and many other launcher can automatically organize app to each categories...
or microsoft's arrow launcher that can easily find app by alphabetic order..
or use gesture to launch favorite apps faster

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:22 11

13. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2755; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Guess that is where you and I (and a lot of people) differ. It would annoy the living daylights out of me to have all apps on the homescreen, even with folders. I like my homescreen clean with a klwp wallpaper showing a few apps and info I need. The rest goes into the appdrawer divided in groups. So don't tell what most people will do, when something applies to you

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:41

21. Furbal (Posts: 944; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Same, cluttered mess is annoying.

Only feature I really like about the iPhone is the spotlight search, I miss being able to swipe down and just search for the app I want (this can be replicated in nova launcher though).

This is a reason I love the GNOME interface, clean with a quick search when you hit your super key.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:46

28. pankajxdx (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Here you go..
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=rjt.appsearc​h&hl=en

your are welcome!

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 21:05

39. Furbal (Posts: 944; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Yeah but you can't trigger it with a swipe (unless on a custom launcher, which a few have the search shortcut already). It is a very good app though, works flawlessly

Needs to be by default!

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:42 1

22. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I liked my home screen clean to, when I had android but i also like everything to be organized and in its right place which i can accomplish on both ios and android so having my home screen full of apps and folders is fine with me as long as its all perfectly organized.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:40

26. shahrooz (Posts: 717; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


I liked my screen clean until I used arrow launcher.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 02:16 1

46. Leo_MC (Posts: 1148; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


iOS doesn't have a "home screen" ;)

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:44

27. pankajxdx (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Actually has only app drawer and no Home screen. Your point is moot.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 18:31

29. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


What?

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 18:57 1

32. xondk (Posts: 1250; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I am confused, iOS is one big app drawer? so how is it 'more convinient'?

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 19:09

34. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


What I meant by that was, I find the apps I need faster on ios than android.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 18:15

54. xondk (Posts: 1250; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I understand though it doesn't really make sense in my mind, I mean they sort similar, but it is what it is.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 03:09

50. Fellwalker (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


For the 6 items I've got on my Nova launcher app drawer, I would not wish to have them on just one screen. I like that they follow me round.

I detest Google always thinking that they know better. They should spend their time under the hood getting Android spyglass and less resource intensive.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 08:09

51. Fellwalker (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


Stupid boy, that's the dock.
Home screens are for regularly used apps, app drawer has everything including them, in a sensible alphabetical list. There are times when I'd like to sort it by date installed or date last updated, but Google doesn't think I need to do that.
Currently I have some apps in several folders on different home pages, because that helps me.
Comment about Google thinking they know better still applies.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:47

7. davidecek99 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Sep 2015)


I would understand this. Some apps are on homeschreen, some in folders and in app drawer. It is not so unified. Why not to have access for all apps from one simple place? Sometimes I cant find the right one so fast. Simplified is to unlock the phone and see the apps.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:27 1

15. joevsyou (Posts: 701; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


because it would be a cluster F... most of the app's i use on my phone i use once a month at best but i do use them so why would i want them on my home screen. Homescreen is for apps that you use daily

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:39 2

20. monoke (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


So unlock phone, swipe swipe swipe, etc click app is more simple and convenient than unlock phone, click app? Not sure bout that one.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 18:58 1

33. xondk (Posts: 1250; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


All apps are in app drawer last I checked, then you can add them to home screen from there and similar? I've yet to meet an app that wouldn't be in the app drawer, that is kinda the whole point of it?

Here's what you have on your phone organized?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 08:17

52. Fellwalker (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


All apps are in the app drawer.

I'd hate to have to scroll through all 233 whenever I wanted to find one I use often. And it would be even worse if Google decided to auto arrange them, so from one time to the next, I would never know where to look.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:50 4

8. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


that would be a stupid move from google

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:56 7

9. legiloca (Posts: 1323; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


And that is why 3rd party launchers exists lol

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:56 6

10. Awalker (Posts: 1432; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


By default when you install an app it shows up on your home screen and if you don't want that to happen you have to turn it off in the Play Store settings. I don't want my home screens looking like a cluttered mess so I turn it off. I have one home screen with five dock apps, three folders and two widgets.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:08 2

11. baldilocks (Posts: 739; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Nova Launcher does it best by letting us make tabbed categories in the app drawer. Can have a minimal look on your home screens and everything is hidden away in the drawer. Much less cluttered.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:23

14. joevsyou (Posts: 701; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


unless they come up with a really cool idea idea, however there should be a option.

If not i my well buy a iphone...

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 02:32

48. iushnt (Posts: 1577; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


But why iPhone? that also doesn't have app drawer neither third party solutions..

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:28 2

16. monoke (Posts: 286; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


So where can users put their widgets next?... In the notification panel like ios also which is stupid btw. lol.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:30

17. talon95 (Posts: 482; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


That would be absolutely horrible. I won't put up with it. New launcher will be installed immediately.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:31

18. Nopers (Posts: 170; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


I expect it will be implemented in a different way. It doesn't make sense that they'd improve the app drawer in android 6 and then remove it completely in the next version

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:35 1

19. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Google could make Android a 3D hologram that floats above the phone, and people would still claim they were copying iOS.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:17

24. jeroome86 (Posts: 902; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Ugh. Let's get Marshmallow on everything and then talk about N.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:37 2

25. Coconut00 (Posts: 474; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Please don't do this Google.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 18:44

31. 14545 (Posts: 1468; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


If this happens, I guess Ill have to move to Windows or something. I'm afraid if they do this, that they will take away launcher support and then we will be screwed for rectifying it.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 20:29

37. epdm2be (Posts: 482; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Oh god, please make a smart man/woman/company re-release Symbian again and update that to work on the new generation of SoC's. Please!!!!

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 20:48

38. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Google have been doing it for a while,
remember that Lollipop's colorful status bar is a blatant iOS 7 status bar rip-off?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 01:16 3

43. Zack_2014 (Posts: 377; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Notification bar is a balant copy of android, iOS never had it :)

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 02:35 2

49. iushnt (Posts: 1577; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


yes yes, even my shoes are a direct copy of iPhone.. everything in this world is a copy of Apple and it's products..

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 21:08

40. Techielover (Posts: 105; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


I knew this was gonna happen soon or later...relocate the quick toggles to the bottom and we've achieve full stagnation . Smartphone design are all converging on one design make sense that software follows

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 01:14

42. Planterz (Posts: 2038; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


As long as a custom launcher like Nova can let us do what we want as far as homescreens, icons, and app drawers go, I don't care if it's native or not.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 01:27

44. B-power (Posts: 242; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Who in their ans their mama's would do that.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 01:43

45. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 55; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)


I actually prefer vertical scrolling through the app drawer and I can imagine that Google might ditch the app drawer and incorporate it as a homescreen page in the Google Now laucher whereas on other manufacturers versions of Android the app drawer can just remain as is. Microsoft's Arrow launcher is quite nice and speedy, but needs some tweaking and more adjustment options. Could imagine it being made optional, but i doubt it'll disappear completely.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 02:21

47. Ghost04 (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2014)


I never liked the app drawer .
That's why I prefer UI without app drawer .

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 14:58

53. JunitoNH (Posts: 1665; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


If this proves to be correct, which I'm sure it's, since other tech pages are reporting it. My phone is not going to updated.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 20:28 1

56. Professor (Posts: 208; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I have Nexus phones since day one because I like it's software. (Currently using Marshmallow 6.0.1 in my Nexus 6 and 5). But if they decided to eliminate the drawer button it will be the first time that I am NOT going to upgrade the software, because I hate the way iPhones organize it's programs. And I don't want my phone to look like an iPhone clone!

posted on 22 Feb 2016, 13:50

57. Brewski (Posts: 328; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


...changed the direction of the app drawer from horizontal to vertical...?

It was originally vertical and got switched to horizontal. So really they are just changing it back to how it was when Android OS was first introduced.

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