No app drawer for Android N?

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



1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

36. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

41. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 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

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

30. FluffyBled unregistered

Hoping this is the real case :D!

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

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

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

12. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

23. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

55. fwbroke

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

you meant to say, exactly how Apple wants you to have them, right? "are laid out exactly how i want them"

35. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

21. Furbal unregistered

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.

28. pankajxdx unregistered

Here you go..​h&hl=en your are welcome!

39. Furbal unregistered

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!

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

26. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

I liked my screen clean until I used arrow launcher.

27. pankajxdx unregistered

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

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


32. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

34. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

54. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

50. Fellwalker

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

51. Fellwalker

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

7. davidecek99

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

15. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 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

20. monoke

Posts: 1193; Member since: Mar 14, 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.

33. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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?

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