Our latest poll shows overwhelming support for Android's app drawer

Our latest poll shows overwhelming support for Android's app drawer
If word on the vine is to be believed, there's a chance that Google is at least internally discussing ditching the app drawer with Android N—or whatever it ends up being called. Seeing as how LG has done just that with the G5, and how Samsung has implemented a rather obscure feature to allow for the same, it does seem like the concept of an app drawer-less Android doesn't bother at least two major smartphone makers.

Does it bother you, however? That's what we sought to answer when we asked you just that on Wednesday. And guess what—the results are now in, and we've got what we were after.

Nearly 3,000 of our readers took part in the voting, and overwhelmingly, some 71% members of our readers lined behind the app drawer. On the other end of the spectrum, just about 12% of participants say they have no need for it, and it should go. About 17% say they don't mind either—app drawer or not, they'll be content. 

Quite frankly, none of this is surprising to us, as it's been our impression that our readers are accustomed to the app drawer. As for us? We won't mind if it got lost in the transition to Android N.

Do you prefer Android with an app drawer or without?

I want an app drawer
I don't want an app drawer
I don't mind either way



1. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

But it doesn't get lost in Android N. I don't understand what you are all talking about. This is default launchers. This is Google Now Launcher, the default for Nexus only (as far as I'm aware). Same for Sammy and LG with their own. If you do want the drawer, you just get Nova. If you have a Nexus, you probably already know about Nova. If Sammy and LG get loads of hate, they'll probably throw it back in. It's a whole lotta hoopla for nothing. I'm intrigued to know who actually uses Now as their launcher?

2. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

You could just check the app store because im sure..theres plenty who use it.

7. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

The app store will tell you how many downloads the G Now Launcher has not how many are currently using it...

15. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

that doesnt make sense. if people are reviewing it that means theyre using it

18. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

They could have stopped using it after a review, or downloaded it but then deleted, which counts as a download still. That's not an accurate way

19. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Make no mistake, Im not denying that G Now Launcher is being used. In fact I, myself, use it. Im just saying that the number of people using it is significantly lower that than the amount of downloads that the playstore shows. That's all I am saying.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or were using it.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I use the google now launcher, as it's the best at integrating the Google now search page. Last I had checked, Nova and others didn't implement it to my liking.

20. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Yeah I also use Now way more when I have the Now Launcher on, but it just annoys me that Google are not putting simple custom settings into the launcher. Like grid size, or icon change and all that jazz. Most icons don't implement the material theme, so the default icons look a mess on a home page. One thing against the dismiss of drawers altogether is that you cannot hide the mess of designs on the home screen. Default icons are a big problem on Android, unlike iOS. Not all icons are material or follow the same design template - while iOS, they all share the rounded square look.

9. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I use the G Now Launcher on my Nexus but I am in, what I assume, the minority of people who actually like it...

14. Beastmode1

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 08, 2016

Just give the ability to hide app drwawer fro those that dont want it simple i like app draw keep it for me hide it for you easy im sure its possible

27. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I was for about 2 weeks but the lag/mem-hog compared to Nova (& Trebuchet for CM) was unbearable.

3. bpcooper14

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2014

I'm in the camp of fine either way with or without. At first I thought it was something that I needed. Then, after getting an honor 5x with no app drawer, the only thing that I found I needed to do was go through and delete apps I never use and then organize accordingly to what was left. There's something to be said with familiarity and, in my opinion, people don't NEED the app drawer, they are just used to having it and therefore want it to remain status quo.

11. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I like to use the 'desktop' for widgets and just a few apps, and keep other apps in app drawer. It's true that we don't need it, but is better with it than without.

4. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Sonys beta Marshmallow software offers a no app drawer option and it's mostly straight Android at the moment

5. khalid123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

aap drawer is must for smartphones whether it is iPhone android blackberry or windows with out aap drawer smartphone is nothing it is the point were I hate too most iPhone because it is without aap drawer

8. khalid123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

google now copying iPhone and Chinese OEM and kicking the app drawer

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1903; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Android spent a lot of effort to get away from the need for manufacturer skins. They did a great job up to lollipop. Now, it seems like google is going back to their old ways, and now we will need a 3rd party app for just about everything. It's kind of a shame.

12. khalid123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

if android N was without aap drawer I will never uprade my android one phone because I like aap drawer

16. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I'm finding less and less use for an app drawer personally.

17. MedLEB unregistered

If they remove the app drawer, the thing that I will miss the most is widgets and organizing/personalizing pages, If they keep all these, I don't mind removing the app drawer.

21. mihulsingh

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

I think Android should continue having an App Drawer. The reason why iOS looks good without an App Drawer is because all their icons have the same shape and size. Android App icons on the other hand come in various shapes and sizes. Scattered icons in Android would not give a very uniform look in my opinion like it does on iOS.

22. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Keep the App drawer ... Android should be Android

23. Shocky unregistered

So how is this going to work in Android N without an App draw? this hasn't really been explained. They must have an alternative, without knowing more it's hard to comment.

24. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I'm sure the App drawer is going to win even if it contests in the US Elections

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Without the app drawer, then that forces me to create multiple home screens like on iOS. In my case that would mean one screen, since Android allows for what appears to be unlimited icons dropped into a folder. But lets take an example of not having unlimited folders. In my case I would need to create at least 10 screens for icons. Experience has shown, the more home screen you have, especially if they bear widgets, makes the UI slow as molasses sometimes. Without the app drawer, then Android looks to much like IOS. Why does Google want to mimic a crappy under-rated UI? Vanilla Android is already ugly. For me the only major plus to TouchWiz is the UI just looks better, makes things easier to do and is simply does things in a smarter order. If Google drops this, it would be equal to Microsoft trying to drop the Start menu. What Google should do is make the App Drawer icon more versatile. I don't understand OEM's giving something and then wanna take it away for no valid reason. Dropping the App Drawer would bring no benefit to Android whatsoever!

28. curiousDillan

Posts: 46; Member since: May 26, 2015

This might really suck. I like to keep my home screens relatively empty. I don't want an iphone clone.

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