Do you prefer Android with an app drawer or without?

Do you prefer Android with an app drawer or without?
Rumor on the street is that Android N—whatever it ends up being called—might do away with the app drawer. At the same time, a video promo of Google Maps showing a phone running an app drawer-less Android build was just recently shot down by the company as an error on their part, and not an actual indication of things to come. 

Still, given how LG has transitioned to a skin without an app drawer with the G5, and how Samsung is letting users get rid of it as well with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the truth may well be that, at least internally, Google is talking about it. And if it is, it'll certainly be late to the party, for Android manufacturers have been skinning the OS for years now, without worrying that ditching the drawer will impact user experience. And to be completely fair with you, we can't disagree—we're no big fans of it, either.

Regardless, all this commotion warrants the question whether we're alone in feeling this way. After all, part of our very job is to account for the needs, tastes, and preferences of millions of readers, and that means that we're perfectly fine with people wanting the app drawer to stay. Just how many of you, however? Let's find out!

Do you prefer Android with an app drawer or without?

I want an app drawer
70.83%
I don't want an app drawer
11.92%
I don't mind either way
17.26%

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51 Comments

2. Arschsalat

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

I want an app drawer

33. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I want both.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No app drawer would kill my KLWP setup. But wouldn't mind if they killed it, since I use an alternative launcher anyway.

4. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

For goodness sake phone arena have the polls up much longer please min 8 hours before you close it.

15. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

The poll is still open.

22. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

He might be accessing it through a mobile platform in which case sometimes the poll defaults to the results with a back to voting link at the bottom. Don't know if that is intentional but needs to be looked at.

54. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I think you should have included an option "I don't know yet." For me, I chose it doesn't matter because honestly, I'd have to use Android for a little bit without an app drawer to determine whether or not I like it.

5. Achillias

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Who cares, just download an third party launcher.

48. Brewski

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

If I wanted all my apps on the desktop I'd get an Apple.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Although I'm used to using both now, having an app drawer does give an advantage.

7. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

APP DRAWER FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Why would Google want to lose things like Widgets etc? At least make it a user choice.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You seem to not know what app drawer is

19. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

If the app drawer is removed, all the icons will be in desktop where the widgets use to be..

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Widgets are still there, you can still create multiple home screens and move app icons around and have the main screen 'clean'

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea having no app drawer doesnt kill widgets off. Maybe some here dont know the difference between an icon and a widget.

10. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Really, does anyone care ?

34. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I've course they do. Are you an Apple user? Are you jealous?

49. Brewski

Posts: 669; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I only have a few applications on my home screen, the ones I use most. This takes up one screen or maybe two at most. Nice and clean. But the app drawer holds the rest that aren't used as much. That takes up over five screens worth. I don't want my phone cluttered with icons that I don't use but I still want them easily accessible via the app drawer for when I do want them.

11. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Having Android without an app drawer is akin of having an iPhone without a Home Button! Well, enough said! I'm an Android Purist, so needless to say, I'd hate to see it go! Lets see what kind of Ace (or a Dud) Google has up it's sleeves! G'Day!

12. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

I really don't want show all icon on desktop space. I only show widget on it. but i don't care because have many launcher better than stock android launcher. ^^

13. khalid123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

I really like aap drawer

14. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

How about New sony launcher that you can turn appdrawer on and off? BTW appdrawer FTW

16. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Don't mind you get used to it either ways

55. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I had iphone 4s for a year. Sure got used to it..Doesn't make it less dumb to have all icons splattered across screens and all that swiping. App drawer ftw still.

17. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

The app drawer actually keeps things neat and its the signature of Android. I'm sure OEMs will include it in their skins if Android removes it.

18. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Better have it when you need it....

20. darthmaul

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Android is NOT iphone. Why do they insist in this bulls**t with no drawer?!

21. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Don't mind either way. Why not do it like Samsung and let users disable/enable the feature? That's the beauty of Android isn't it? The customization?

23. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

It depends on what the alternative is? Apple like system? Then I need my app drawer. If, some other interesting idea, in place of an app drawer. Bring it on, let us see :)

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